Peshtigo Fire sculpture outside the Museum

This Day in Wisconsin: October 8, The Peshtigo Fire

The Peshtigo Fire. The Chicago Fire. Which one is better known? Well, everybody knows about Chicago and how it – according to legend – burned after Mrs. O’Leary’s cow kicked over a lantern. This is supposedly how a conflagration started that consumed over 2,000 acres of densely-populated land, destroying over 17,000 buildings, leaving around 100,000…