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Photograph

Plow Furrows

Date:  

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

Historical Essay

Forest Fires in Wisconsin

A list of Wisconsin's notable forest fires.

Photograph

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: 1913 ca.

Description: Forest of burnt tree trunks and broken logs.

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

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...

Historical Essay

Disasters in Wisconsin

Learn about the meaning of "disasters in Wisconsin" and the various tragedies the state endured.

Photograph

Forest Fire

Date:  date unknown

Description: View of three people silhouetted against the advancing edge of a brush fire.

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: 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...

Learn about the Peshtigo fire of 1871

Speakers Bureau

Bill Matthias is a WHS Press author and a member of the Wisconsin Historical Society Speakers Bureau.

The Virgin Mary Appears to an Illiterate Peasant Girl

Learn about the first and only manifestation of the Virgin Mary in the United States near Green Bay, confirmed by the Vatican.

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.

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Description: A father (Mr. Carlsen) and his daughter (Lisa) are kneeling on the scorched ground next to a burned tree trunk. They are touching and looking at a small gr...

Date: 1950 

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

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

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: 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...

Date:  date unknown

Description: Well jetting equipment with three hose lines extinguishing forest fires.

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