These pages do not begin to cover all the disasters that have
taken place in every state. There is also controversy over
what constitutes and defines a "great" disaster from any other kind.
All disasters are "great" to those directly involved in them.
these pages are a mix of "great" and "not so great" disasters.
The major disasters are all covered in the larger sites I have
linked to as resources and the rest are related items of interest.
For example, you might not find a particular major disaster on
this list, but it may be included in a site such as gendisasters.com, which is one of the resources found here.
This is an excellent place to begin your research. The
links found here lead to an ever widening amount of information.
Good luck in your efforts.
2006 Falk Corporation explosion __ "The 2006 Falk Corporation explosion
refers to a large and fatal propane gas explosion at the Falk Corporation
facility in the industrial Menomonee River Valley neighborhood of Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, USA, on December 6, 2006. 47 people were injured and three were
killed." an encyclopedic article. - From wikipedia -
FEMA: Wisconsin State Disaster History __ Wisconsin Disaster History.
Major Disaster Declarations. Click on the 'disaster #' on the right side of
the list to access detailed information including images and more. -
illustrated - From FEMA -
The Great Peshtigo Fire of 1871 __ "On the evening of October 8, 1871 the
worst recorded forest fire in North American history raged through
Northeastern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, destroying millions of dollars
worth of property and timberland, and taking between 1,200 and 2,400 lives."
Learn what else was burning at the same time. - illustrated - From Deana C. Hipke -
New Richmond Tornado __ "The New Richmond Tornado was an unprecedented
disaster in the northern Great Plains. It nearly destroyed the village of
New Richmond, Wisconsin on June 12, 1899, killing 117 and injuring 125
people." An encyclopedic article. - illustrated - From wikipedia -
Peshtigo Fire __ "The Peshtigo Fire in Peshtigo, Wisconsin, has the
distinction of being the conflagration that caused the most deaths by fire
in United States history." An encyclopedic article. - illustrated - from
Wausau, WI Flood, Jul 1912 __ "...Damage estimated at $250,000 was caused by
the breaking of two dams in the Wisconsin river north of here today. No
lives were lost here but for a time it was believed several farm houses had
been carried away." Information about the event. - From gendisasters.com -
Western Wisconsin Derecho __ "The Western Wisconsin Derecho was a derecho,
or severe weather system, that occurred through several counties of Western
Wisconsin on July 15, 1980." A detailed encyclopedic article. - From
What was the Peshtigo
Fire? __ You will find a brief article which includes some
speculation to its cause. - illustrated - From quezi.com -
Wisconsin Disasters Floods, Fires, Tornadoes, Mine Explosions and more __
"Events that touched our ancestor's lives: Wisconsin floods, fires,
Tornadoes, hurricanes, storms, mining accidents, explosions, train wrecks,
..." This and much more. - illustrated - From gendisasters.com -