One Of The Deadliest Accidents In U.S. History Happened Right Here In Wisconsin

Peshtigo is a town of about 3,500 people that sits on the Peshtigo River about eight miles from Marinette and 50 miles from Green Bay. It sits a few miles inland from the western side of Green Bay, directly across the water from Egg Harbor in Door County.

People remember October 8, 1871 as the date of the Great Chicago Fire, but there were actually numerous Midwestern fires that day, in Michigan and Wisconsin. But the fire that devastated Peshtigo, Wisconsin that day is the deadliest wildfire in American history.

The Peshtigo Fire Museum is located at 400 Oconto Ave., Peshtigo, WI 54157.

Wisconsin, unfortunately, has a history riddled with tragedy. Here are some of the most tragic things to ever happen in our state.

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