Publisher's description for John Blair and the great Hinckley fire / Josephine Nobisso ; illustrated by Ted Rose.


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Counter No one who boarded the Limited No. 4 train on the morning of September 1, 1894, anticipated disaster down the tracks, but by three o'clock 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 train's 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 Blair's bravery and knew she had to tell his story.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Forest fires Minnesota Hinckley Region History 19th century Juvenile literature, Hinckley Region (Minn, ) History 19th century Juvenile literature, Blair, John Wesley Juvenile literature, African American train attendants Minnesota Hinckley Region Biography Juvenile literature, Forest fires, Blair, John Wesley, Heroes, African Americans Biography, Railroad accidents