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The 1918 Fire: Cloquet in Ashes

The 1918 Fire:  Cloquet in Ashes

The great fires of October 1918 left Cloquet and other Carlton County communities, including Thomson Township, reeling.  The statistics --- 453 dead, about 1,500 square miles of property destroyed and 11,238 families displaced --- hardly begin to describe the widespread misery and suffering.  This depiction of residential rubble in Cloquet is from “The Fury of the Flames,” a pictorial booklet published in 1919 by Martin A. Olmem, Duluth.  (Booklet courtesy of Viola Korby and Lynda Korby Nordstrom)   

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