Near Hinckley in Pine County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Great Hinckley Fire
September 1st, A.D. 1894 On the First Day of September, A.D. 1894, between the Hours of Three and Five O’Clock in the afternoon a forest fire swept over Central Pine County devastating Four Hundred square miles of Country, Consuming the Villages of Hinckley, Sandstone, Mission Creek and Brook Park, and destroying more than Four Hundred and Eighteen human lives
In Memoriam In the Four Trenches North of this Monument lie the remains of Two Hundred and Forty Eight Men, Women and Children, Residents of Hinckley, who perished in the fire which this monument was erected to commemorate.
Dedicated September 1st, A.D. 1900 This Monument is dedicated to the Pioneers of Civilization in the Forests of Minnesota.
Erected 1900 by The State of Minnesota. (Marker Number 9.)
Location. 46° 0.665′ N, 92° 55.419′ W. Marker is near Hinckley, Minnesota, in Pine County. Marker is on Fire Monument Road (State Highway Touch for map. Marker is at Memorial Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Hinckley MN 55037, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sandstone Area Veterans Memorial (approx. 8.8 miles away); Pine City (approx. 12.6 miles away); Lumbering in Minnesota (approx. 14.4 miles away).
More about this marker. This monument was the ninth of 23 state monuments that were erected by the Minnesota legislature between 1873 and 1929. These monuments represent Minnesota's first public efforts to mark historic sites.
Also see . . . The Great Hinckley Fire of 1894. The story and the Hinckley Enterprise coverage of the fire. (Submitted on October 6, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.)
1. Thomas Corbett, soldier who killed John Wilkes Booth, may have died in the fire.
Thomas P. "Boston" Corbett, the Union soldier who killed John Wilkes Booth after Booth's assassination of Abraham Lincoln, is presumed to have died in this fire. Although there is no proof, the name "Thomas Corbett" appears on the list of dead and missing.
Additional keywords. Hinckley Fire State Monument
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