Tornado Memorial Park

© Photographed May 10, 2018
Established November 1937 by Door County Historical Society
Brussels, Door County, Wisconsin

Established by
Door County
in November, 1927.
Through trial and
tribulation, in poverty and
loneliness, in cold and fire,
the pioneers struggled
that their children might
gain a competence.

Here was the Village
of Williamsonville
with a population of 77 persons. On
October 8, 1871,
this village was blotted
out by a tornado of fire.
60 persons sought refuge in
an open field surrounding
this spot and were
burned to death.

Tornado Memorial County Park is located on westbound County Road DK, west of its intersection with South Stevenson Pier Road, and east of its intersection with Tornado Road, Brussels, Wisconsin 54204.

The story is written by Reverand Peter Pernin, who was in Peshtigo the night of the fire and survived. I purchased the 1st edition. Read about 1/4 of the text and had to stop reading; the book is so well written, so detailed, I started having nightmares . . .

The Peshtigo Fire of 1871

Door County Pulse: The Fire That Took Williamsonville, by Justin Skiba, September 2, 2016

See also, Marker 1: Pestigo Fire Cemetery (in Marinette County) and Peshtigo Fire Museum (in Marinette County), related to this marker.

See also, Well Site, also at this location.

Click here to view a list of additional Wisconsin markers / sites related to the Peshtigo Fire.

 See also, Well Site, also at this location.

Follow the signs to Tornado Memorial Park,
located in Brussels, Wisconsin.

The story of Williamsonville is featured in Little Wisconsin:
Little Wisconsin will be available May 7, 2019.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I went looking for this place last fall. Silly me, I drove down Tornado Road not Cnty DK.

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