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1918 fires

October 13, 2018
Homeowner Tom Proulx his mother, Judy Proulx, and cousins, Nancy Molstad and Brenda Stark, pose below a medallion proclaiming the family has lived in the house since after the 1918 fire in Cloquet. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal
Rebuilt from the ashes
October 13, 2018 - 2:51pm
October 12, 2018
People prepare the mass grave at Riverside Cemetery in Moose Lake for the victims of the fires of 1918. Photo courtesy of the Moose Lake Historical Society
'Baptism of fire'
October 12, 2018 - 10:46am
Ailie Amanda Costello, 102, of Cromwell died Saturday, Oct. 6. She was one of the last survivors of the 1918 fires. (file / Pine Journal)
One of the last survivors of 1918 fires dies
October 12, 2018 - 6:27am
October 9, 2018
Natalie Frohrip, vice president of the Moose Lake Area Historical Society, talks about the fires of 1918 as Steve Olson, the group’s executive director, listens. Visible behind and above them is part of the museum’s new mural of scenes from the conflagration, which killed an estimated 453 people. Duluth News Tribune file
Moose Lake Historical Society plans anniversary events
October 9, 2018 - 10:33am
September 28, 2018
Cloquet Depot Agent Lawrence Fauley was considered one of the heroes of the 1918 fires for his role in getting between 7,000-8,000 Cloquet residents out of town Oct. 12, 1918, when most of the city was destroyed by fire. According to an account of the fire written years later by the newspaper editor’s then-14-year-old daughter, the accounts of his heroism were likely exaggerated. Photo courtesy of Carlton County Historical Society
Legends, lore and lies: The 'true story' of the Cloquet depot agent on the day of the fire
September 28, 2018 - 1:06pm
September 3, 2018
Before and after: Holy Family Church congregation members and priests pose for a photo taken sometime before the church was destroyed by fire in 1918. The church was located on the high bluff overlooking the St. Louis River just upriver from Cloquet. Photos courtesy of Fond du Lac Cultural Center and Museum
1918 Fires: Reservation burns, but Ojibwe benefit from history with fire
September 3, 2018 - 11:03am
September 1, 2018
1918 Fires events in September
September 1, 2018 - 10:49am
August 12, 2018
A car drives past Dead Man’s Corner south of Kettle River after the Oct. 12, 1918 fires. Many people lost their lives on the infamous corner, as their autos left the road in the thick smoke and they died from the accident or burning to death as the fire raged on. Contributed Photo
Man recounts 1918 fire in Kettle River
August 12, 2018 - 12:18pm
July 22, 2018
Many Thomson Township residents escaped the fire via a DW&P train from the Harney depot, pictured here. Jennie Kinnunen Sota (1897-1981) remembered the train blew its whistle continually throughout its rescue attempt, hoping to guide people in the darkness. Contributed photo
1918 FIRES: Thomson Township farmers flee to river, trains, fields
July 22, 2018 - 7:29am
June 30, 2018
This photo of Cloquet after the fire shows the wreckage and the remains of Cloquet. Looking north from the elevated part of the city, it shows a row of many intact buildings on Dunlap Island, with the burned out downtown and West End in the foreground. Contributed photo
Fires of 1918: Oldest survivors in Cloquet are now buildings
June 30, 2018 - 8:48pm
June 14, 2018
1918 fires relief program at Cloquet museum
June 14, 2018 - 1:46pm
March 18, 2018
Photo courtesy Carlton County Historical Society
1918 FIRES: Fleeing from Cloquet
March 18, 2018 - 8:24am
Milepost 62 is considered ground zero for the fire that burned Brookston and Cloquet in 1918. Jana Peterson/
1918 FIRES: For Cloquet, it all started at milepost 62
March 18, 2018 - 7:20am
February 16, 2018
1918 Fires: Recipe for a fire
February 16, 2018 - 9:39am
Although the Peters family survived the terrible fires of 1918 in a sod-covered root cellar like this one, many others died from suffocation in such shelters, as the fire passed over and sucked out all the oxygen. Sixteen people, most of them children, died tragically in the root cellar pictured here. Photo courtesy of the Carlton County Historical Society
1918 Fires: Peters family survives fire in a sod root house (UNCUT)
February 16, 2018 - 9:37am