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Historical photos of the 1918 fires

Ruins of buildings in Cloquet after the 1918 fire. (Carlton County Historical Society)1 / 9
Cloquet High School after the devastating 1918 fire. (Carlton County Historical Society)2 / 9
Rebuilding Cloquet after the 1918 fire. (Carlton County Historical Society)3 / 9
Damage in the city of Cloquet as a result of the 1918 fire. (Carlton County Historical Society)4 / 9
People prepare the mass grave at Riverside Cemetery in Moose Lake, Minn. for the victims of the Fires of 1918. (Historical photo courtsey of the Moose Lake Historical Society)5 / 9
A National Guardsman watches over the Cloquet Auto and Supply Company in the wake of the 1918 fire. (Courtesy of Archives and Special Collections, Kathryn A. Martin Library, University of Minnesota Duluth)6 / 9
Fire nurses and the National Guard attend to victims in the wake of the 1918 fire. (Carlton County Historical Society)7 / 9
Refugees from the 1918 fire in Duluth get help at the Duluth Armory. (Courtesy of Archives and Special Collections, Kathryn A. Martin Library, University of Minnesota Duluth)8 / 9
Some motorists drove into Moose Lake to save themselves and their cars. (Courtesy of Archives and Special Collections, Kathryn A. Martin Library, University of Minnesota Duluth)9 / 9

This year marks the 100th anniversary of what remains Minnesota’s worst natural disaster.

A series of major fires tore through several counties, including parts of Pine, Carlton and St. Louis counties between Oct. 10-12, 1918, killing 453 people, scorching 1,500 square miles and thousands of properties, and wiping out entire families.

These historical photos and copies of the Duluth News Tribune front pages ran in our August edition of DNT Extra. Copies of the 43-page magazine recounting the events of the 1918 fires are still available for sale at the Duluth News Tribune office at 424 West First Street. Copies are $4 a piece.

Our next edition of DNT Extra "What We Make," featuring area businesses and manufacturers, will be available October 28.