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Near Wallace in Shoshone County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

The Great Fire of 1910

 
 
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By Cosmos Mariner, June 27, 2013
1. The Great Fire of 1910 Marker
Inscription. In August 1910, this area was ravaged by one of a series of huge forest fires which swept the inland empire at that time. Small fires had been burning for days in timber parched by a record drought. Despite the efforts of hundreds of fire fighters to control the firs, gale force winds fanned small fires into big ones. An estimated three million acres were devastated by the 1910 fires.

While fighting the huge fires, Forest Ranger Edward C. Pulaski and his crew of 45 men were trapped by the flames. He led his crew into an abandoned mine tunnel and held them there until the fire passed. Six men died, but Pulaskiís prompt action saved the other members of the crew.

The tunnel in which Pulaski and his men took refuge is about 2 miles upstream on the west fork of Placer Creek.
 
Erected by Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Idaho Panhandle National Forest.
 
Location. 47° 27.569′ N, 115° 56.09′ W. Marker is near Wallace, Idaho, in Shoshone County. Marker can be reached from Placer Creek Road (Forest Road 456), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Pulaski Historic Site, Idaho Panhandle National Forest, about a mile south of Wallace on Placer
The Great Fire of 1910 Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 27, 2013
2. The Great Fire of 1910 Marker (wide view)
Creek Road/NF-456. Marker is in this post office area: Wallace ID 83873, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Pulaski Tunnel Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Pulaski's Trail (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); "Big Ed" Pulaski (about 600 feet away); Wallace (approx. 1.2 miles away); "The Big Blowup" (approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named "The Big Blowup" (approx. 1.2 miles away); Lead-Silver Mines (approx. 9.3 miles away); Willow Creek Slide (approx. 9.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wallace.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. Big Burn - Big Blowup.
The men who heroically fought the wildfire ripping through 3 million acres of Idaho and Montana, late in August 1910, were up against a formidable enemy. "The forests staggered, rocked, exploded and then shriveled under the holocaust," wrote local historian Betty Goodwin Spencer. "Great red balls of fire rolled up the mountainsides. Crown fires, from 1 to 10 miles wide, streaked with yellow and purple and scarlet, raced through treetops 150 feet from the ground." The speed of the inferno was both breathtaking and deadly. "You can't outrun wind and fire that
Pulaski National Historic Site Sign (<i>near marker - turn here for access</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 27, 2013
3. Pulaski National Historic Site Sign (near marker - turn here for access)
are traveling 70 miles an hour," Spencer wrote. "You can't hide when you are entirely surrounded by red-hot color. You can't see when it's pitch black in the afternoon." (Submitted on November 12, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. History of Wallace.
In 1910, the largest forest fire in U.S. history, the Big Burn, swept through the Wallace area destroying one third of downtown. A giant wall of flames raced over the mountains consuming all in its path with a thunderous roar like 100 trains going across 100 steel trestles according to one eyewitness account. One of the best known big stories involved Wallace resident and forest ranger, “Big Ed” Pulaski. Pulaski, also the inventor of a combination ax and hoe that bears his name and is used today throughout the world, saved 38 men by guiding them to safety in a mine tunnel south of town and holding the frantic workers there at gunpoint until the fire passed. (Submitted on November 12, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Disasters
 
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By Cosmos Mariner, June 27, 2013
4. Wildfire Monument
Wildfire
To the immortality of the human spirit this memorial is dedicated to all the brave souls who fight the wildfire that the memory of their efforts will never be lost
August 10, 1984
U.S. Forest Service
National Historic Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 15, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 12, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 12, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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