Hellfire in Hermantown


In 1918 fire protection was rudimentary at best. At worst it was non-existent. In this finely written book, local reporter and Hermantown historian Connie Jacobson details the physical mayhem and emotional shock and trauma that the rural community and its pioneer residents suffered during the most ruinous, devastating, cataclysmic fire in the history of northeastern Minnesota.

ISBN: 978-1-937706-18-0

SIZE: 8 x 10 Large Format


140 Pages

Numerous Historical, Original Photos and Illustrations

Original Cover Art by Karen Holden


October 1918 brought dry weather and balmy skies that turned deadly for 453 residents of northeastern Minnesota. Nobody knows the total number of those who died in the aftermath. In this book, Connie Jacobson details the facts, figures and too, too human stories of how those fires devastated Hermantown, Minnesota. As a compassionate journalist, Jacobson brings detailed research, accurate reporting and emotionally searing stories to the page, creating a comprehensive and deeply touching depiction of the havoc and ruin visited upon the close knit, but defenseless, rural Duluth farming community.

Connie Jacobson



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