Hinckley and the Fire of 1894 (Images of America)

Hinckley and the Fire of 1894 (Images of America)

Alaina Wolter Lyseth

Language: English

Pages: 128

ISBN: 1531670377

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Imagine a force in nature more powerful than multiple atomic bombs—that was the Great Hinckley Fire of September 1, 1894. In only four hours, the fire incinerated over 400 square miles of forest, killed at least 418 settlers and an unknown number of forest-dwelling Native Americans, and destroyed six towns in a firestorm of flame. The elements that led to this unprecedented catastrophe included careless logging practices, a drought, freakish weather, and suspected sparks from passing locomotives. The story of the 1894 fire is a saga of devastation, heartbreak, heroism, survival, hope, and rebuilding that captured worldwide attention. Recently discovered photographs provide a backdrop for a fresh look at the events surrounding the disaster and the courage of the pioneers who survived to tell the tale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

commented that his motto should be “Birth, Marriage, and Death” because his inventory included baby carriages, home furnishings for newlyweds, and coffins. During the fire, Webster saved himself in the shallow water of the gravel pit, but he lost his wife, Belle, and his parents in the disaster. He called the first meeting of the Hinckley Building Association on September 10, just nine days after the town completely burned down. He reestablished his business three months later, and in 1896 he

wasn’t good enough for Hinckley?” The monument to the victims of the Great Hinckley Fire was dedicated on September 1, 1900. It is 12 feet wide at the base, is 51 feet, nine inches tall, and weighs 60 tons. 108 Minnesota governor Adolph Olson Eberhart was a speaker at the 17th-annual fire memorial in 1911. He told the crowd that it was good for people of the whole state to stop once annually and remember the holocaust. He remarked that forest protection was better now than it ever was. He paid

shown here. It was located on the east side of town by the Great Northern Railroad tracks. She served a chicken dinner that earned her a nationwide following among traveling salesman. Despite her gloomy surname, this lady was well known for her readiness to help a worthy cause. This brick building still stands in Hinckley, just south of the high school. 120 Tobie’s Café was open 24 hours a day, offering coffee and comfort food to road-weary travelers. This original location was at the corner of

proudly flying the American flag, which displayed only 38 stars at the time. The village of Sandstone was located on top of a bluff overlooking its namesake quarry, which was established on the banks of the Kettle River. This operation was a major employer in the area, swelling the town’s population by hundreds when extra manpower was required to fill a large order. As the firestorm roared into town, many residents saved their lives in the water seen here, probably photographed from the railroad

north on a weekly basis, returning home to Hinckley on the weekend. That fateful Saturday, the depot agent mentioned rumors of a large forest fire. The family man quickly boarded a southbound train, which traveled as far as Skunk Lake. Jim Root’s engine No. 69 was blocking the rails. A search of the nearby swamp revealed none of his family. He covered his face with a handkerchief and stumbled five miles along the tracks until he reached the smoking ruins of his home. He located the bodies of his

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