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      Damn the Old Tinderbox!

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      Author: Matthew J. Prigge
      Paperback
      305 pages. 41 b&w photos and illustrations. 5.5 x 8.5
      ISBN: 978-0-87020-881-2
      Publication Date: March, 2019
      Published by Wisconsin Historical Society Press

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      SKU: 9780870208812
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      In the dead of an unassuming January night in 1883, Milwaukee's Newhall House hotel was set on fire. Two hours later, the building -- once among the tallest in the nation -- lay in ruins and over seventy people were dead. It was a tragedy that brought global notice to Milwaukee, with daring escapes and rescues and heart-wrenching tales of victims burned to death or killed as they jumped from the burning building. From the great horror emerged an even greater string of mysteries: Who had set the fire and who was to blame for the staggering loss of life? The Newhall's hard-luck barkeeper? A gentleman arsonist? What of the many other unexplained fires at the hotel? Had the Newhall's management neglected fire safety to boost their profits?


      Damn the Old Tinderbox! is the gripping tale of one of the Gilded Age's forgotten calamities, a fire that remains among the deadliest unsolved arsons in American history, and a significant chapter in both the history of Milwaukee and the Midwest.

      In the dead of an unassuming January night in 1883, Milwaukee's Newhall House hotel was set on fire. Two hours later, the building -- once among the tallest in the nation -- lay in ruins and over seventy people were dead. It was a tragedy that brought global notice to Milwaukee, with daring escapes and rescues and heart-wrenching tales of victims burned to death or killed as they jumped from the burning building. From the great horror emerged an even greater string of mysteries: Who had set the fire and who was to blame for the staggering loss of life? The Newhall's hard-luck barkeeper? A gentleman arsonist? What of the many other unexplained fires at the hotel? Had the Newhall's management neglected fire safety to boost their profits?


      Damn the Old Tinderbox! is the gripping tale of one of the Gilded Age's forgotten calamities, a fire that remains among the deadliest unsolved arsons in American history, and a significant chapter in both the history of Milwaukee and the Midwest.

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      Publication Year2019
      Page Count304
      Illustrations
      Format/BindingPaperback
      Trim Size5.5 x 8.5 inches

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      Products specifications
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      PublisherWisconsin Historical Society Press
      ISBN Number

      978-0-87020-881-2

      Publication Year2019
      Page Count304
      Illustrations
      Format/BindingPaperback
      Trim Size5.5 x 8.5 inches
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