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Black and white photograph of automobiles in Moose Lake after fire, 1918.

Automobiles in Moose Lake after fire

Automobiles in Moose Lake after fire, 1918.

Black and white photograph of street view after fire, Moose Lake, 1918.

Street view after fire, Moose Lake

Street view after fire, Moose Lake, 1918.

Black and white photograph of Duluth & Northeastern Railroad yards after the fire, 1918.

Duluth & Northeastern Railroad yards after the fire

Duluth & Northeastern Railroad yards after the fire, 1918.

Black and white photograph of ruins of Masonic Temple, Cloquet, 1918.

Ruins of Masonic Temple, Cloquet

Ruins of Masonic Temple, Cloquet, 1918.

Black and white photograph of building ruins, Cloquet, 1918.

Building ruins, Cloquet

Building ruins, Cloquet, 1918.

Black and white photograph of scene in Cloquet after the fire, 1918.

Scene after the fire, Cloquet

Scene in Cloquet after the fire, 1918.

Cloquet, Duluth, and Moose Lake Fires, 1918

The worst natural disaster in Minnesota history—over 450 dead, fifteen hundred square miles consumed, towns and villages burned flat—unfolded at a frightening pace, lasting less than fifteen hours from beginning to end. The fire began around midday on Saturday, October 12, 1918. By 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, all was over but the smoldering, the suffering, and the recovery.

Black and white photograph of water surrounding new courthouse. Flood waters of 1965, Chaska

Water surrounding new courthouse, Chaska

Water surrounding new courthouse. Flood waters of 1965, Chaska. Photographed by Les Melchert, April 11, 1965.

Black and white photograph of flood at Chaska, 1965. Photographed by Les Melchert.

Chaska flooding

Flood at Chaska, 1965. Photographed by Les Melchert.

Black and white photograph of Chaska Flood, Oak and Second Streets, 1965

Chaska Flood, Oak and Second Streets

Chaska Flood, Oak and Second Streets, 1965. Photographed by Les Melchert and Werner Studio, April 10, 1965.

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