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5 Fun Facts About October 7 In Wisconsin History

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1. In 1871, the deadliest forest fire in Wisconsin history broke out on October 7, causing widespread devastation across the state. Known as the Peshtigo Fire, this inferno burned over a million acres of land, killing an estimated 1,500 people and leaving thousands homeless.

2. On October 7, 1893, a group of Milwaukee brewers founded the short-lived Interstate Association, a minor league baseball organization spanning several Midwest states. Despite folding after just one season, the Interstate helped pave the way for the development of organized baseball in the Upper Midwest.

3. Wisconsin’s first public library system was established on October 7, 1901, thanks to the efforts of renowned journalist and publisher Walter L. Houser. Houser worked tirelessly to promote literacy and education throughout the state, helping to lay the groundwork for Wisconsin’s thriving library system today.

4. On October 7, 1967, the University of Wisconsin-Madison held its first ever homecoming parade. Now an annual tradition, the parade brings together students, alumni, and members of the community to celebrate Badger pride and the school’s rich history.

5. Wisconsin’s first ever Formula One Grand Prix race was held on October 7, 1973 at the Road America racetrack in Elkhart Lake. The event drew racing legends like Jackie Stewart and Emerson Fittipaldi, and helped put Wisconsin on the global racing map.
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