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John Blair and the Great Hinckley Fire
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No one who boarded the Limited No. 4 train on the morning of September 1, 1894, anticipated disaster down the tracks, but by three oclock in the afternoon, the sky was as black as night and everyone knew something was wrong. Soon burning trees lined either side of the tracks, illuminating the smoky sky like gigantic torches. With fire ahead and fire behind, how would the passengers escape?
Amid the flames of the most devastating firestorm in U.S. history, the trains porter, John Wesley Blair, acted with courage and compassion throughout that terrible day. Here, finally, is the untold story of a hero whom history almost forgot.
A brief mention of the Hinckley fire in a nature magazine inspired Joi Nobisso to find out more about this awesome event. After several years of research, she uncovered the tale of John Blairs bravery and knew she had to tell his story.
On September 1, 1894, disaster struck the Limited No. 4 train as it became caught in a devastating firestorm. The train's porter, John Wesley Blair, acted with courage and compassion throughout the terrible ordeal, and his story, along with the story of the Great Hinckley Fire, is finally told. Full-color illustrations.
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