014 Peshtigo Fire

Mural of Peshtigo Fire

In Ghostly’s fourteenth episode, Pat and Rebecca explore the Peshtigo Fire on October 8th, 1871 in Peshtigo, WI. The fire is one of the deadliest in all of US history and killed many more people and damaged more acres than The Great Chicago Fire, which happened on the same night. The story of this tragic fire continues to this day, with many stories of shadows, voices, and mysterious figures seen throughout the area. Are they real? 

Questions explored in this episode: What happened the day of the fire? What caused the fire? Was the cause man-made? What was it like to live through this event? Why did so many fires happen in this area of the country that night? What happened to the spirits of those that died? What stories do people who live in the area tell? What evidence has been found by paranormal investigators? What is the story of Sister Adele and one of the few blessed sites in the United States? Is Peshtigo, WI haunted? 

Listen to hear Pat give the history of the fire and what happened, then hear Rebecca tell the haunting stories of those that still live in and visit the area today. Afterwards, both hosts debate and explore these tales as well as an alternate theory for the cause of all the fires that occurred in the Great Lakes region that night. 

We want to hear from you! This fire has led to many reports of specters, black shadow figures, red lights, blue fog, and even a Lady in White. If you’ve seen any of these and have stories to tell about the Peshigo area and the fire, please share with us on Facebook or via email, info@ghostlypodcast.com

Listen to both sides and decide what you believe. Be sure to stay for the whole episode to hear the “Closing Arguments” to help you make your choice. 

Now is the time to vote on this episode! Vote on whether or not Peshigo and the surrounding area are haunted by those that died in the fire. Find the poll here or on Facebook. Click here to vote if you don’t see the poll: https://ghostlypodcast.com/polls/      

Also included in this episode are, as always, poll results from our previous episode on the movie Edgar Allan Poe. (Check out the episode here if you haven’t had a chance to listen yet).  

Done listening to the episode? Please subscribe to Ghostly and give us a rating on iTunes. Tell your friends! Then you can debate the truth yourselves! Word of mouth is one of the best ways to grow our audience, so we can do all the amazing things we have planned for this year. And be sure to find us on all social media at Ghostly Podcast. Then visit our website, www.ghostlypodcast.com, to see the pictures talked about in the episode, learn more about Ghostly, and, of course, give us your opinion on our polls page.   

We want to hear from you! We want your ghost stories or even your non-stories, if you later realized you saw nothing paranormal. We would also love your suggestions for stories to cover in the future. Email us both at info@ghostlypodcast.com or individually at pat@ghostlypodcast.comor rebecca@ghostlypodcast.com  Follow us on Facebook and Instagram at GhostlyPodcast 

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Music for this episode was performed by Michael Rivers 

Intro: III. Allegro moderato from Gargoyles by Lowell Liebermann
Outro: Dream Images (Love-Death Music)by George Crumb
Bumper: Ghost Waltzby Lowell Liebermann 

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