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Near Brussels in Door County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Well Site

Tornado Memorial Park

 
 
Well Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, December 15, 2010
1. Well Site Marker
Inscription. During the fire of October 8, 1871, this well site was used by seven persons as a place of refuge. The last man to the well found the wood curb on fire. After tearing off the curb he entered the well and pulled a wet blanket over the opening. Five of the seven survived.
 
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.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Belgian Settlement in Wisconsin (approx. 6.5 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 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); The 1858 Rosiere Kermiss (approx. 7.2 miles away); Karl Overland (approx. 7.7 miles away).
 
More about this marker.
Well Site Marker from a distance image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, December 14, 2010
2. Well Site Marker from a distance
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. Itís 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.) 
 
Categories. DisastersNotable Events
 
Tornado Memorial Park image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, December 14, 2010
3. Tornado Memorial Park
Shelter at site image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber, December 14, 2010
4. Shelter at site
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 15, 2010, by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona. This page has been viewed 573 times since then and 25 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.
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