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Firestorm at Peshtigo : a town, its people, and the deadliest fire in American history

Author: Denise Gess; William Lutz
Publisher: New York : Owl Books/H. Holt, 2003, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"On October 8, 1871the same night as the Great Chicago Firethe lumber town of Peshtigo, Wisconsin, was struck with a five-mile-wide wall of flames, borne on tornado-force winds of one hundred miles per hour that tore across more than 2,400 square miles of land, obliterating the town in less than one hour and killing more than two thousand people. At the center of the blowout were politically driven newsmen Luther  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
History
Biography
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Denise Gess; William Lutz
ISBN: 0805072934 9780805072938
OCLC Number: 951702790
Notes: "An Owl book."
Description: xiv, 267 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Denise Gess and William Lutz.

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"On October 8, 1871the same night as the Great Chicago Firethe lumber town of Peshtigo, Wisconsin, was struck with a five-mile-wide wall of flames, borne on tornado-force winds of one hundred miles per hour that tore across more than 2,400 square miles of land, obliterating the town in less than one hour and killing more than two thousand people. At the center of the blowout were politically driven newsmen Luther Noyes and Franklin Tilton, money-seeking lumber baron Isaac Stephenson, parish priest Father Peter Pernin, and meteorologist Increase Lapham. In Firestorm at Peshtigo, Denise Gess and William Lutz vividly re-create the personal and political battles leading to this monumental natural disaster, and deliver it from the lost annals of American history." -- from back of book.

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