Lake Superior Project

LSProject: “Grand Marais feared lost” – the 1908 forest fire

Northeast Minnesota has had its share of destructive forest fires. But in the early 1900s, after an unusually hot, dry summer, a large fire threatened much of northeast Minnesota and parts of northern Wisconsin, impacting small settlements that dotted the North Shore, as well as inland residents. In this edition of the Lake Superior Project, producer Martha Marnocha weaves newspaper accounts and personal narratives to tell the story of the 1908 forest fire.

For more photos related to the forest fire, please view slideshow.

Newspaper articles, photos and narrative accounts are courtesy of Cook County Historical Society archives. Special thanks to Roger Barton and Dennis Kaleta for their contributions.