Cloquet, Duluth, and Moose Lake Fires, 1918

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Cloquet, Duluth, and Moose Lake Fires, 1918

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | October 10, 2017
Hotel after fire
Cars destroyed by fire
Fire Relief Headquarters

On this date in 1918 a forest fire begins on the railroad line between Duluth and Hibbing and burns for the next three days, reaching Duluth on the thirteenth. Thirty-eight communities, including the cities of Cloquet, Carlton, and Moose Lake are burned and over 450 people are killed, making it the worst natural disaster in Minnesota history. Above are images of a destroyed hotel; burned cars; and the fire relief headquarters.

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