Fire is a good BBQ pit topic for flames, right? Pardon the pun.
Most people have heard of the great fire of Chicago on October 8, 1871, but most people don’t know that a much worse fire happened the same day in Peshtigo, Wisconsin (in NE Wisconsin between Green Bay and Upper Michigan). The Chicago fire is blamed for 250 deaths, but 1,150 people perished in Peshtigo, the most ever in an American fire.
This is an example of how the big city of Chicago gets so much attention compared to the neighboring States and their smaller cities. It’s time this injustice was stopped. From now on forget about the Chicago fire and remember the Peshtigo fire as the worst fire tradgedy in America. Remember the Alamo! Remember the Peshtigo!
While researching these fires, I noticed an interesting theory: Did a Comet Cause the Fires in Peshtigo and Chicago? Maybe Mrs. O’Leary’s cow had nothing to do with it: