Peshtigo - Fleeing the Fire

Peshtigo - Fleeing the Fire American History Disasters Social Studies Nineteenth Century Life Tragedies and Triumphs

Small fires - mostly from cut-down trees - were the norm, not the exception, during Peshtigo's late summer and early fall in 1871.  So much smoke filled the air - before the Great Fire - that ship captains sometimes had trouble seeing where they needed to guide their boats.

However, things changed when a massive fire erupted on the evening of October 8th.  It took the people by total surprise

This drawing - published in an 1871 issue of Harper's Weekly - depicts what it must have been like as Peshtigo's residents tried to save themselves from the firestorm by seeking safety in the Peshtigo River.


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Image from Harper's Weekly, 1871, online courtesy U.S. Library of Congress.


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