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OCTOBER 8, 1871

Everyone has heard of the Great Chicago Fire, which occurred on this date. The fire raged from October 8 to the morning of October 10, killing about 300 and destroying over three square miles worth of property, totaling 17,500 buildings and $400 million in damages. But there was another more devastating fire that occurred at the same time. The Peshtigo Fire (Wisconsin) was the most deadly fire in American history, killing anywhere between 1,200 and 2,500 people. The entire fire covered an area about twice the size of Rhode Island, and it claimed twelve rural communities before finally subsiding. There were also 3 other large fires occurring in Michigan.

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