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Peshtigo Fire Museum, Peshtigo

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#70 of 107 in Museums in Wisconsin
The Peshtigo Fire Museum is a museum in Peshtigo, Wisconsin pertaining to the 1871 Peshtigo Fire and to other local history. There were 11,555 visitors to the museum in 2000. The museum is located adjacent to the Peshtigo Fire Cemetery, where the charred remains of over 350 people were buried in a mass grave. The cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The memorial at the cemetery was the first official state historical marker authorized by the State Historic Society of Wisconsin.
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  • July 20, 2017
    There is some great information on the Peshtigo fire here. The staff hold as much information as the displays at times. My children asked a ton of questions and the ladies very patient.  more »
  • June 20, 2017
    Everyone knows about the Great Chicago Fire. But not the GREAT Peshtigo Fire that killed over 800 people. And it was the same day. This museum is FREE and a GEM. They did a terrific job telling the st...  more »
  • September 12, 2016
    This museum hadn't been part of our original plan but we decided to stop since we were driving by. This museum was fascinating. There was a gentleman volunteer for the museum telling the history of th...  more »
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  • June 30, 2017
    Very interesting and neat. Was the worst fire in United States history. Was 39 States. 1871. Entire city etc...gone in less than 1 hour.
  • June 16, 2017
    This is a great musium discussing the Peshtigo fire which claimed more lives than the Chicago fire. Besides the history of the fire, this musium has interesting historical objects used in everyday life in the 1800s such as railroad lanterns, switches, and signals. Also kitchen, school, and general store supplies. They have a neat collection of handmade blankets and spectacles. The Peshtigo fire musium is a must see for any traveler! *museum close to highway
  • June 15, 2017
    I learned a lot about this tragic event that I had not previously even heard about. The artifacts are really neat and the individuals' stories were moving.
  • June 13, 2017
    The volunteers are friendly and knowledgeable, the collection is interesting, and the stories are heartbreaking.
  • June 26, 2017
    Interesting information about catastrophic fire at the same time as Chicago fire 1871

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