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Term: Third Ward fire (Milwaukee, 1892)


 This blaze on Oct. 28, 1892, wiped out sixteen square blocks, burned 410 buildings, 215 freight cars and took five lives. Dozens more were injured, 2000 made homeless and the property loss was estimated at $84,500,000.

The fire broke shortly before six o'clock on the afternoon of October 28, 1892, in the Union Oil Company's warehouse. About 7:00 p.m. the fire was reported under control, but shortly thereafter an explosion in a furniture factory nearby caused flames that shot into the skies, and with a strong gale underway the fire soon covered a large portion of Milwaukee's warehouse district. Fearing a disaster like the Chicago fire of two decades before, Chief James Foley wired Chicago, Racine, Oshkosh, Kenosha, and Sheboygan for assistance. There was a gale in Chicago too, but Marshall Dennis Swenie remembered "how Milwaukee Engine 4, Capt. James Foley, had worked alongside of Chicago Engine 11, Capt. Dennis Swenie, near the Kinzie St. bridge in the Chicago blaze of 1871. Compliments must be returned." Four engines were loaded on flat cars in the North Western yards at Chicago and sent to Milwaukee. Oshkosh, Kenosha and Sheboygan also responded and with this outside help the fire was brought under control.

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[Source: WHS library reference file prepared by Margaret Gleason.]

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tabac (Fr.)
tackle (maritime)
tactics (Civil War)
Taft-Harltey Act
tank top (maritime)
tanning and leather processing
taps and dies (maritime)
tassels (farming)
Tell Sharpshooters (Civil War)
temperance movement in Wisconsin
ten-foot (railroads)
terra cotta (architecture)
terrace (farming)
territorial governor
tertiary strata (mining)
theaters in Wisconsin
Third Ward fire (Milwaukee, 1892)
through platform (railroads)
Tigers (Civil War)
timber frame (architecture)
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1622-1699
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1700-1749
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1750-1783
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1784-1835
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1836-1899
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1900 -1999
Titanic (Wisconsin passengers)
tobacco industry
toise (Fr.)
top-loader (logging)
topmast (maritime)
tornadoes in Wisconsin
tourism in Wisconsin
Tow-head (logging)
Tow-team (logging)
trade unions in Wisconsin
trainman (railroads)
transition rocks (mining)
transom (maritime)
trap, or trapean rocks (mining)
Travois (logging)
Treaty of 1825 (Prairie du Chien)
Treaty of 1827 (Butte des Morts)
Treaty of 1829 (Prairie du Chien)
Treaty of 1832 (Fort Armstrong)
Treaty of 1833 (Chicago)
Tredway Pumas (Civil War)
Tredway Rifles (Civil War)
Trees for Tomorrow
Trek Bicycle Corporation
trench (farming)
Trip-boom (logging)
triple-expansion steam engine (maritime)
Trough-roof (logging)
Troupes de la Marine (Compagnies Franches de la Ma
trunk (maritime)
tug; tugboat (maritime)
Turn (logging)
turn of the bilge (maritime)
turntable (railroads)

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