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Peshtigo Fire Museum, Peshtigo

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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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  • 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 »
  • Lots of stuff to see in this museum. Our guide was Pauline and she knew quite a bit about the fire and trivia about the people that lived in the area at the time of the fire. Some actual artifacts fro...  more »
  • The Peshtigo Fire Museum, which is housed in a former church, has many artifacts from the period that are interesting. There are two movies available to sit and watch about the local people, and the f...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • The volunteers are friendly and knowledgeable, the collection is interesting, and the stories are heartbreaking.
  • Interesting information about catastrophic fire at the same time as Chicago fire 1871