Marker 65: Phillips Fire

© Photographed June 4, 2017
Erected 1957
Phillips, Price County, Wisconsin
45° 41.23′ N, 90° 23.623′ W
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On July 27, 1894 forest fires racing through dry timber slashings descended on Phillips from three directions. Within a matter of hours the city of 2500 persons lay in smoldering ruins. More than 400 homes, the business district, a new tannery and the large sawmill were totally destroyed. Thirteen lives were lost, all in attempts to escape the flames by crossing the lake. Many families abandoning their possessions crossed the Elk River at the north end of the city to spend a frightening fire-reddened night at the water's edge, protecting themselves from the heat and flying embers. Undaunted these same valiant people built a new Phillips on the ashes of the ruins. Squaw Island seen across Lake Duroy is of historical interest. For many years before Phillips was settled and for some years after it was an Indian burial ground.
The marker is located in a park adjacent to the Phillips Area Chamber of Commerce on northbound South Lake Avenue / State Highway 13, north of its intersection with Walnut Street, at 305 South Lake Avenue, Phillips, Wisconsin 541555.

Phillips Wisconsin History

These are also at this location:

 With the referenced Lake Duroy and Squaw Island (to the left)
visible in the distance.

The marker on June 24, 2015.

 Signage leading to marker location.

The marker is located in Phillips, Wisconsin.

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