Phillips Fire

Phillips Fire (HMVSM)

Location: Phillips, WI 54555 Price County
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N 45° 41.23', W 90° 23.623'

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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.

Erected 1957
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number65
Year Placed1957
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
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Date Added Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 4:23pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 702943 N 5062594
Decimal Degrees45.68716667, -90.39371667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 41.23', W 90° 23.623'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 41' 13.80" N, 90° 23' 37.38" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 282-286 S Lake Ave, Phillips WI 54555, US
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