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Phillips in Price County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Phillips Fire

 
 
Phillips Fire Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 15, 2011
1. Phillips Fire Marker
Inscription. 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

 
Erected 1957 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 65.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 45° 41.23′ N, 90° 23.623′ W. Marker is in Phillips, Wisconsin, in Price County. Marker is on South Lake Avenue (State Highway 13) north of Walnut
Phillips Fire Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 15, 2011
2. Phillips Fire Marker
Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is next to the Phillips Area Chamber of Commerce. Marker is at or near this postal address: 305 South Lake Avenue, Phillips WI 54555, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Phillips Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Lidice Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); Historic Fifield (approx. 13.3 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Phillips Wisconsin History. (Submitted on September 16, 2011.)
2. Hiway 13 North. A Short History of Phillips and Price County. (Submitted on September 16, 2011.) 

3. Phillips Area Chamber of Commerce. History of Phillips, Wisconsin. (Submitted on September 16, 2011.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesDisastersNative Americans
 
Tablet at Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 15, 2011
3. Tablet at Marker
1894 1994
In memory of those who lost their lives and especially to those pioneer citizens who had the courage, faith, and fortitude to rebuild the city.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 312 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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