1918 Fire bus tour comes again

  Do you know where the only Barnum resident died in the 1918 Fire?  How many people actually lost their lives at Dead Man’s Curve?  How large was the actual burn area?  Why were some areas burned more heavily than others?

  These answers and much more information will be presented to the group on the annual 1918 Fire bus tour of the fire area on Saturday, October 11 starting at 10 AM from the Moose Lake Area Historical Society’s Depot and the Fires of 1918 Museum.  Cost is $20 per person with a bag lunch provided.  A stop for coffee at the Suomalainen Kirkko in Kalevala Township is scheduled half way through the tour to stretch your legs.

  The MLAHS had a waiting list from last year so make sure you make a reservation early and soon.  Please call Ross Anderson at 485-4159 or email Ross at rossandersss@yahoo.com .

  Dan Reed, local historical enthusiast, will narrate the journey for the second year.  Unfortunately, Steve Blondo, local archaeologist, who helped out last year, has another commitment that day.  The bus tour will travel through the rural area to the west of Moose Lake as far west as Automba townsite.

  The annual Fires of 1918 commemoration program will follow at 2 PM at the Museum Social Hall and all are invited to attend free of charge.

There are still openings for the Bus Tour to be held on Saturday, October 11 leaving at 10am from the Museum.


Call Ross Anderson at 485-4159 for further information or to make reservations.

Reservations must be paid for by October 9th or will NOT be held.


Tuesday, September 10,    1:00 p.m.    Antique Appraisals

The Quarterly Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 14th.

Tuesday, October 8,    1:00 p.m.    Antique Appraisals

Saturday, October 11,    1:30 p.m.    96th Fire Commemoration

Sunday, October 12,    Depot Closes for Season

Tuesday, October 21,    7 p.m.    Quarterly Meeting

Tuesday, November 11,    1:00 p.m.    Antique Appraisals

Friday & Saturday, November 28 & 29 9 – 2pm    Christmas Open House/Craft & Bake Sale

The former Soo Line Depot and adjacent History Center contains many interesting exhibits pertaining to the history of the area. In the Depot you will find an exhibit about the history of area railroads, a 1920s era kitchen, a chapel filled with many items from local churches and a display of vintage clothing. Other displays in the Depot change throughout the year. The History Center has a large exhibit regarding the 1918 fire which devastated the area, burning 250,000 acres, destroyed 38 towns, took 453 lives and over 52,000 people were either injured or displaced. There are numerous other displays in the History center that are changed on a regular basis.

The Historical Society has numerous research items for someone interesting in genealogy, many family histories, cemetery records, obituaries, school yearbooks and many years of local newspapers available for research.

The Society is always interested in obtaining more information about local history. If you have family histories, pictures or other memorabilia that would be appropriate for our collection, please let us know.

 prices for admission

Children under 12–$1.00
Children under 5—Free
Members of MLAHS-free with a 10% discount in gift shop


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