Near Brussels in Door County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Tornado Memorial Park
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Disasters • Notable Events.
Location. 44° 45.945′ N, 87° 32.435′ W. Marker is near Brussels, Wisconsin, in Door County. Marker is on County Route DK west of Stevenson Pier Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brussels WI 54204, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Belgian Settlement in Wisconsin (approx. 6˝ miles away); Historic Euroamerican Settlement of the Door Peninsula (approx. 6.6 miles away); Transportation Archaeology on the WIS 57 Project (approx. 6.6 miles away); The WIS 57 Reconstruction Project in Brown, Kewaunee, and Door Counties (approx. 6.6 Namur and the Norbertine Fathers: Community, Education, and Religion among Belgian-Americans (approx. 6.6 miles away); Architecture and History in the WIS 57 Project Area (approx. 6.6 miles away); The Fire of 1871 and Williamsonville: A 19th Century Euroamerican Settlement in Door County (approx. 6.6 miles away); After the Fire: The Vandermissen Brickworks Site (approx. 6.6 miles away).
More about this marker. Located within Tornado Memorial Park. This wayside park serves as a memorial for the former village of Williamsonville, which was destroyed on October 8, 1871 when a “tornado of fire” claimed 128 lives. This occured on the same exact day as the Great Chicago Fire and the lesser known Peshtigo fire. This site is officially recognized by the Door County Historical Society. It’s located just south of the County K intersection.
Also see . . .
1. The Great Peshtigo Fire of 1871. The Peshtigo fire pressed a heavy mark on the lives of the victims in 1871. In Peshtigo, all that stands as a reminder to the disaster is a small memorial. Although the fire is not well known, it is a disaster in every description. The destructive force of the Peshtigo fire ended hundreds of human lives and destroyed an ecosystem. Twenty six years after the fire the area remained void of any valuable forest growth. (Submitted on December 16, 2010.)
2. Tornado Memorial Park. History of the area with photos and additional information on the town and fire. (Submitted on December 16, 2010.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 15, 2010, by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona. This page has been viewed 707 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 15, 2010, by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona. 4. submitted on June 7, 2011, by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.