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“Great place to visit”

Hinckley Fire Museum
Ranked #2 of 5 things to do in Hinckley
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Owner description: Museum dedicated to informing visitors about the fatal fire and tornado that claimed the lives of more than 400 people in Hinckley, Minn.
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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81 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great place to visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2012

I did not know about the Fire Museum until I saw a sign for it on the highway. It is a reconstructed depot that depicts the history of the Hinckley Fire. There is a $5 entrance fee. A 20 minute video shares the history of the town and fire. You can also visit rooms that depict how the depot looked in the 1890's plus a fire relief house such as the ones built to house the homeless after the fire. If you enjoy history, this is the place to visit.

Visited July 2012
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Minneapolis
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86 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Very interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2012

If you're going through Hinckley, this a a must. It's give a brief history of the area and about the great fire.

Visited August 2011
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Shell Lake, Wisconsin
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78 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“learn”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2012

lots of information about a little known disaster, you'll find out how fortunate we are to have warnings in place

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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91 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Worth the visit, big on history, lots to see, great historical video and train station!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2011

Amazing story of the great fire of 1894 and how it the firestorm could be seen as far south as Iowa. The museum is in the train depot and includes the men's and women's waiting rooms, beanery, freight room and depot agent's apartment. A short video is shown to tell details of the tragic day when so many people lost their lives and how they attempted to leave Hinckley as the fire raged across the land. Many educational items have been collected and donated for this authentic museum which makes it one of the most interesting places to visit. When traveling between through Hinckley it is well worth the stop! (it's closed on Mondays)

Visited July 2011
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mpls
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32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Amazing story.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2008

This museum is not about just a bad forest fire. The fire this museum is about was a tornado of fire burning over FIVE MILES high into the sky--a pure wall of fire. The stories the museum told were amazing. I stopped by the museum a few years ago, and still can't believe the story of that fire. Don't miss this museum. (It is a very sobering story. You're going to need tissues.)

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