It's pronounced PESH ti go'. DO NOT say it the way Michelle
Pfeiffer did in "The Deep End of the Ocean."
William B. Ogden, a "lumber baron" with interests
in Northeast Wisconsin as well as Chicago, suffered great property losses in both
The official population of Peshtigo in 1871 was 1,700.
For days before the great fire, smoke on Green Bay was so
dense that daylight navigation was done by compass, and fog
horns blew steadily.
Nineteen survivors attended ceremonies on the 80th
anniversary of the fire in 1951. The oldest was 96.
In the year 2000, 11,555 people from all 50 U.S. states,
Washington, D.C. and 22 foreign countries, visited the Peshtigo
Peshtigo has a street named Chicago Court, and Chicago has a
street named Peshtigo Court.
When news of the tragedy at Peshtigo reached Wisconsin's
capital on Oct. 10, 1871, the Governor and other state officials
were away at Chicago, helping the victims of that fire.
The first National Fire Prevention Week was proclaimed
October 4-10, 1925 by President Calvin Coolidge.
The memorial at the Peshtigo Fire Cemetery was the first
official state historical marker authorized by the State
Historical Society of Wisconsin.
Wisconsin State Natural Area #234 (Bloch Oxbow) contains
charred tree stumps that may date to the Peshtigo Fire.
The main character on the TV show "Caroline in the
City" claims Peshtigo as her hometown.
The name Peshtigo is a native Indian word believed to mean
"snapping turtle" or "wild goose."
At the time of the fire, Peshtigo was located in Oconto
County. (Marinette County wasn't formed until 1879.)