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Peshtigo

city, Marinette county, northeastern Wisconsin, U.S. It is situated on the Peshtigo River, about 45 miles (70 km) northeast of Green Bay. The site was first settled about 1838. On October 8, 1871, the date of the more famous but less-deadly Chicago fire, winds whipped Wisconsin forest fires that had been burning for several days and destroyed hundreds of square miles of forest and farmland. In a few hours Peshtigo was burned to the ground, with about 800 people killed; with the surrounding areas included, the total number of deaths reached some 1,200. A monument commemorating those who died is in Peshtigo Fire Cemetery, and a museum houses exhibits on the subject. Peshtigo's economy relies on forest products, including lumber, paper, and other wood products. Inc. village, 1887; city, 1903. Pop. (1990) 3,154; (2000) 3,357.

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