Phillips Fire
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member frankhj
N 45° 41.222 W 090° 23.597
15T E 702977 N 5062580
Quick Description: Phillips Fire Marker in Phillips City Park.
Location: Wisconsin, United States
Date Posted: 8/23/2007 2:00:49 PM
Waymark Code: WM22A4
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member onfire4jesus
Views: 31

Long Description:
On July 27, 1894 forest fires racing through dry timber slashings descended on Phillips from three directions. Within a matter of hours the city of 2500 persons lay in smoldering ruins. More than 400 homes, the business district, a new tannery and the large sawmill were totally destroyed. Thirteen lives were lost, all in attempts to escape the flames by crossing the lake. Many families abandoning their possessions crossed the Elk River at the north end of the city to spend a frightening fire-reddened night at the water's edge, protecting themselves from the heat and flying embers. Undaunted these same valiant people built a new Phillips on the ashes of the ruins. Squaw Island seen across Lake Duroy is of historical interest. For many years before Phillips was settled and for some years after it was an Indian burial ground.
County: Price

Location: Park

MarkerID: 65

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