On Saturday, September 1, 1894, one of the worst forest fires in history ravaged East Central Minnesota destroying the villages of Mission Creek, Pokegema, Hinckley, Miller, Sandstone and Partridge. In four hours the Fire destroyed 400 square miles of pine forest and killed 418 people. In the 1890's Hinckley, Minnesota was a prosperous lumber town with a population of 1,500, five hotels, a new brick schoolhouse, shops and two railroads linking Hinckley with Minneapolis, St. Paul, St. Cloud and Duluth. It was the Eastern Minnesota and St. Paul & Duluth Railroads that would later be credited with saving the lives of hundreds of Hinckley residents on that tragic Saturday afternoon. Today, the Hinckley Fire Musuem is located in the former St. Paul & Duluth Railroad Depot which was rebuilt immediately after the fire.cOn Saturday, September 1, 1894, one of the worst forest fires in history ravaged East Central Minnesota destroying the villages of Mission Creek, Pokegema, Hinckley, Miller, Sandstone and Partridge. In four hours the Fire destroyed 400 square miles of pine forest and killed 418 people. In the 1890's Hinckley, Minnesota was a prosperous lumber town with a population of 1,500, five hotels, a new brick schoolhouse, shops and two railroads linking Hinckley with Minneapolis, St. Paul, St. Cloud and Duluth. It was the Eastern Minnesota and St. Paul & Duluth Railroads that would later be credited with saving the lives of hundreds of Hinckley residents on that tragic Saturday afternoon.

Today, the Hinckley Fire Musuem is located in the former St. Paul & Duluth Railroad Depot which was rebuilt immediately after the fire.