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October 13, 2018
Homeowner Tom Proulx his mother, Judy Proulx, and cousins, Nancy Molstad and Brenda Stark, pose below a medallion proclaiming the family has lived in the house since after the 1918 fire in Cloquet. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal
Rebuilt from the ashes
October 13, 2018 - 2:51pm
October 12, 2018
People prepare the mass grave at Riverside Cemetery in Moose Lake for the victims of the fires of 1918. Photo courtesy of the Moose Lake Historical Society
'Baptism of fire'
October 12, 2018 - 10:46am
October 9, 2018
Natalie Frohrip, vice president of the Moose Lake Area Historical Society, talks about the fires of 1918 as Steve Olson, the group’s executive director, listens. Visible behind and above them is part of the museum’s new mural of scenes from the conflagration, which killed an estimated 453 people. Duluth News Tribune file
Moose Lake Historical Society plans anniversary events
October 9, 2018 - 10:33am
September 28, 2018
Cloquet Depot Agent Lawrence Fauley was considered one of the heroes of the 1918 fires for his role in getting between 7,000-8,000 Cloquet residents out of town Oct. 12, 1918, when most of the city was destroyed by fire. According to an account of the fire written years later by the newspaper editor’s then-14-year-old daughter, the accounts of his heroism were likely exaggerated. Photo courtesy of Carlton County Historical Society
Legends, lore and lies: The 'true story' of the Cloquet depot agent on the day of the fire
September 28, 2018 - 1:06pm
September 3, 2018
Before and after: Holy Family Church congregation members and priests pose for a photo taken sometime before the church was destroyed by fire in 1918. The church was located on the high bluff overlooking the St. Louis River just upriver from Cloquet. Photos courtesy of Fond du Lac Cultural Center and Museum
1918 Fires: Reservation burns, but Ojibwe benefit from history with fire
September 3, 2018 - 11:03am
August 12, 2018
A car drives past Dead Man’s Corner south of Kettle River after the Oct. 12, 1918 fires. Many people lost their lives on the infamous corner, as their autos left the road in the thick smoke and they died from the accident or burning to death as the fire raged on. Contributed Photo
Man recounts 1918 fire in Kettle River
August 12, 2018 - 12:18pm
July 22, 2018
Many Thomson Township residents escaped the fire via a DW&P train from the Harney depot, pictured here. Jennie Kinnunen Sota (1897-1981) remembered the train blew its whistle continually throughout its rescue attempt, hoping to guide people in the darkness. Contributed photo
1918 FIRES: Thomson Township farmers flee to river, trains, fields
July 22, 2018 - 7:29am
June 30, 2018
This photo of Cloquet after the fire shows the wreckage and the remains of Cloquet. Looking north from the elevated part of the city, it shows a row of many intact buildings on Dunlap Island, with the burned out downtown and West End in the foreground. Contributed photo
Fires of 1918: Oldest survivors in Cloquet are now buildings
June 30, 2018 - 8:48pm
June 16, 2018
A "for sale" sign recently sprouted up at the Shaw Memorial Library in Cloquet. The sign is part of the requirement for Carlton County to attempt to sell the historic property. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal
New chapter for old library
June 16, 2018 - 1:39pm
June 13, 2018
The new Automba picnic pavilion – made from an old railroad bridge – will be dedicated during a historical program at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 16. Jana Peterson/jpeterson@pinejournal.com
Automba honors past, builds for future
June 13, 2018 - 7:52am
June 4, 2018
Fires of 1918: Timber boomtown goes up in smoke
June 4, 2018 - 10:23am
May 7, 2018
This aerial view from 1946 shows old Trunk Highway 55, which replaced the original bridge from Dunlap Island. The original bridge was destroyed after Trunk Highway 55 was built in the 1930s but the old pier stood for generations of teenagers to dive from. Submitted photo
Now you see it, now you don't: Historic bridge supports disappears
May 7, 2018 - 10:47am
April 29, 2018
Mural brings Moose Lake 1918 fire to life
April 29, 2018 - 11:45am
April 27, 2018
Survivors of the 1918 fires dig a mass grave for fire victims in and around the Moose Lake area. Although the photo says 450 victims, not everyone was buried in the mass grave and some remains were likely never found as the fire burned so hot. Photo courtesy of the Carlton County Historical Society
1918 Fire story: A letter after the fire
April 27, 2018 - 10:24am
1918 Fire stories: Fire rains death, devastation on southern Carlton County
April 27, 2018 - 10:19am