Near Wallace in Shoshone County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
“Big Ed” Pulaski
The hardened but humble hero of “The Big Blowup”
Strong and mature Edward C. Pulaski was just the type of experienced man the fledgling Forest Service was looking for in 1908 when he was hired.
Pulaski left school in Green Springs, Ohio at age 15 seeking fortune and adventure out west. Before becoming a Forest Ranger he learned many trades including mining, ranching and logging.
During his Forest Service career he demonstrated his abilities as packer, surveyor, forester, firefighter, and blacksmith.
Ed married Emma Dickinson in 1900, and they adopted a daughter named Elsie. Years later Elsie recalled her father as “a six-foot-three, handsome fellow with blue eyes and brown hair.”
Mr. Pulaski, who is about forty years of age, is a man of most excellent judgment, conservative, thoroughly acquainted with the region, having prospected throughout the burned area during the last twenty-five years, and is considered by the old timers in the region as one of the best and safest men that could have been placed in charge of a crew of men in the hills.
Forest Supervisor, Coeur d’ Alene Nat. Forest
A Ranger must be able to take care of himself and his horses under very trying conditions; build trails and
All this requires a very vigorous constitution. It means the hardest kind of physical work from beginning to end. It is not a job for those seeking health or light outdoor work…
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Another Pulaski You Could Count On
There is a myth that Edward Pulaski was the great-grandson of Polish Count Kazimierz (Casimir) Pulaski, an American Revolutionary War hero. The Count was mortally wounded in 1779 while leading his mounted legion against the British. He is regarded as the father of the American cavalry. Edward Pulaski was not a direct descendent of Count Pulaski.
Erected by U.S. Forest Service, Department of the Interior.
Location. 47° 27.546′ N, 115° 56.232′ W. Marker is near Wallace, Idaho, in Shoshone County. Marker can be reached from Forest Road 456, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located on the Pulaski Trail, Pulaski Historic Site, Idaho Panhandle National Forest, about a mile south of Wallace on Placer 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. Pulaski's Trail (a few steps from this marker); The Pulaski Tunnel Trail (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Great Fire of 1910 (about 600 feet away); Wallace (approx. 1.3 miles away); "The Big Blowup" (approx. 1.3 miles away); a different marker also named "The Big Blowup" (approx. 1.3 miles away); Lead-Silver Mines (approx. 9.4 miles away); Willow Creek Slide (approx. 9.4 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.
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1. Edward Pulaski - Heroic Firefighter & Inventor.
Pulaski's crew, like many others, became trapped by the firestorm. Realizing that the fire could not be outrun, he was able to quickly round up all 45 of his men and lead them to an old abandoned mine shaft that he knew from his mining days. With suffocating heat and smoke entering the mine, Pulaski ordered the panicked men to lie down, threatening to shoot anyone who tried to leave. Eventually, they all passed out from the heat and lack of fresh air, but the following morning all but five awoke and made their way back to Wallace. Pulaski is considered a true hero in firefighting lore for this feat. Drawing on his firefighting experience, Pulaski the following year devised a special tool. Tired of carrying two separate implements to fight a forest fire, one to chop and one to hoe, he combined an axe and a grub hoe. Now he could chop with one side, turn it, and hoe the ground with the other. It soon went into production and became popular throughout the country and became known as the Pulaski Tool. (Submitted on November 13, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. Ed Pulaski.
Pulaski is widely credited for the invention of the Pulaski in 1911, a hand tool commonly used in firefighting. A combination hand tool with a mattock for digging or grubbing on one side and an axe for chopping on the other, it is often called a "Pulaski tool". (Submitted on November 13, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Pulaski Tool.
The tool combines an axe and an adze in one head, similar to that of the cutter mattock, with a rigid handle of wood, plastic, or fiberglass. The Pulaski is a versatile tool for constructing firebreaks, as it can be used to both dig soil and chop wood. It is also well adapted for trail construction, gardening, and other outdoor work. As a gardening or excavation tool, it is effective for digging holes in root-bound or hard soil. (Submitted on November 13, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 13, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 52 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 13, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.