The Cloquet/Moose Lake Fires of 1918 have often been considered the greatest disaster in Minnesota's history. With the devastation of over 1,500 square miles and the deaths of around 500 people, the fire had a tremendous impact on the people, industry, farming, and future growth of the affected areas. Time is often measured there as "before the fire" or "after the fire." The recovery and rebuilding of the area is a great story of courage, strength, and triumph of the human spirit. The story of the fires deserves to be told as one of Minnesota's 150.
~Marlene Wisuri, Duluth, MN