The Peshtigo Fire of 1871: A Captivating Guide to the Deadliest Wildfire in the History of the United States of America That Occurred in Northeastern Wisconsin

October 30, 2020
The Peshtigo Fire of 1871: A Captivating Guide to the Deadliest Wildfire in the History of the United States of America That Occurred in Northeastern Wisconsin

It’s likely true that most people picking up this book havenever even heard of a place called Peshtigo. This is hardlysurprising: this little town on the shores of Lake Michigan ishardly a remarkable place in the modern day. Its residents numberless than four thousand, and there’s nothing particularly specialabout it at first glance.But one does have to look twice at its motto. “A city rebuiltfrom the ashes.” Peshtigo may be just another small Wisconsin towntoday, but a hundred and fifty years ago, it really was nothing butashes. This town was one of the hardest hit in the deadliestwildfire event in American history—and no, I’m not talking aboutthe Great Chicago Fire, even though it also occurred on the verysame night. The Great Peshtigo Fire of 1871 claimed four times asmany lives as the fire in Chicago, and yet this cruel twist of fatehas left it almost unheard-of, while the (untrue) tale of CatherineO’Leary’s cow continues to echo through the centuries with unabatedvigor.The story of the Great Peshtigo Fire has not been told nearlyoften enough, and yet it is a story that will captivate everyreader. Parts of it seem to border on science fiction: treesexploding in the heat of the fire, a tornado made of flamessweeping through an entire town in a single hour, birds caught upand burned in mid-air. Yet all of it is true, and so are thestories of the people who witnessed the fire first-hand andsurvived it.In The Peshtigo Fire of 1871: A Captivating Guide to theDeadliest Wildfire in the History of the United States of AmericaThat Occurred in Northeastern Wisconsin, you will discover topicssuch asBefore the BlazeLife in PeshtigoAsh Like SnowNature Lifted up Its VoiceA Holocaust of FireAmong the AshesFlickers of HopeComposed of Wind and FireWildfires through American History