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Learn how paintings from the Wisconsin Historical Society's collection provide clues about the past.

Date: 1913 ca.

Description: Forest of burnt tree trunks and broken logs.

Date: 1859-07-29 ca.

Description: Forests in the north were often plagued with fires during the summer months, and Holzlhuber (on a return journey from Niagara Falls), passed through one. I...

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Description: Several men fighting a small forest fire. One man has a water pack on his back.

Date: 1871-11-25 

Description: Engraved view of Peshtigo Fire showing people trying to escape the flames by boat and on horseback. A team of cattle also seek refuge and several birds tak...

Date: 1944 

Description: Forest Fire Design No. 2, Untitled. The poster features primarily text, in shades of dulled red and white. A message on the back of the poster indicates th...

The first and only manifestation The Virgin Mary in the United States confirmed by Vatican officials happened near Green Bay.

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Plow Furrows

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Description: Furrows plowed to stop a forest fire in Douglas County along County N, west of Solon Springs.

Date: 1915 ca.

Description: View from shoreline of Trout Lake of a group of six men posed with the pilot, possibly Jack Vilas, on an early seaplane or flying boat floating in the wate...

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Strawberry Field

Date: 1895 ca.

Description: Two men stand in a strawberry field bordered by burnt-over forest. The photographer's shadow can be seen at the bottom of the image.

Date: 1944 

Description: Forest Fire Design No. 3, Untitled. The poster features primarily text, in shades of dulled red and white. A message on the back of the poster indicates th...

Date: 1950 

Description: Smokey Bear cub receives treatment from Dr. Edwin J. Smith of Santa Fe, for burns he suffered in a forest fire.

Date: 1950 

Description: Smokey Bear cub with a fire-prevention poster bearing his namesake.

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Tree Removal

Date: 1927-07-22 

Description: A man uses a tractor and rope to fell a tree in an area that appears to have been cleared by fire.

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Description: Grass meadow with rotting tree stumps, possibly after a fire.

Date: 1910-09 ca.

Description: View looking down at men in a horse-drawn cart headed towards the Leighton-Wyoming mining camp on dirt road examining fallen trees, possibly from a forest...

Date: 1941 

Description: This photograph of downed trees and branches is annotated, possibly by C.L. Harrington:

"A fire hazard at this date Feb 28 '41. I have salvaged all or ab...

Learn about the Peshtigo fire of 1871

Date: 1950 ca.

Description: Smokey Bear cub with Judy Bell in front of a fire-prevention poster featuring the character for whom the young bear was named.

Date: 1943 

Description: Department of Agriculture Design No. 1, "Forest Fire." The poster features a forest fire blazing around a lone country house, with smoke billowing into the...

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