Peshtigo Fire of 1871
On, October 8, 1871, on the same day of the Great Chicago Fire, another, even deadlier fire burned through Peshtigo, Wisconsin. A windstorm fanned small fires on the prairie and transformed them into a massive firestorm. The wall of flames engulfed 1.2 million acres — even jumping the Peshtigo River. Trapped, the drought-stricken town was set ablaze. Some citizens tried to escape the flames by jumping into the freezing river. The firestorm gave way to a tornado, which caused more destruction, killing between 1,500 and 2,500 people.