During the fire of October 8, 1871, this well site was used by seven persons as a place of refuge. The last man to the well found the wood curb on fire. After tearing off the curb he entered the well and pulled a wet blanket over the opening. Five of the seven survived.
The marker is located at Tornado Memorial County Park 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 . . .
Door County Pulse: The Fire That Took Williamsonville, by Justin Skiba, September 2, 2016
See also, Tornado Memorial Park, also at this location.
Click here to view a list of additional Wisconsin markers / sites related to the Peshtigo Fire.
The well . . .
. . . not so big.
The well site is located along County Highway DK.
The marker is located at Tornado Memorial Park.
Follow the signs to Tornado Memorial Park,
located in Brussels, Wisconsin.