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Exploring a 130 Year Old Unsolved Milwaukee Mystery

"Damn the Old Tinderbox!" by Matthew J. Prigge
Posted at 10:27 AM, Mar 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-19 11:27:58-04

In the dead of an unassuming January night in 1883, Milwaukee's Newhall House hotel was set on fire. Two hours later, the building -- once among the tallest in the nation -- lay in ruins and more than seventy people were dead. From the horror emerged even greater mysteries: Who had set the fire and who was to blame for the staggering loss of life? Author Matthew J. Prigge explores these mysteries in his new book "Damn the Old Tinderbox! Milwaukee's Palace of the West and the Fire that Defined an Era"; he joins us to discuss this unsolved mystery.

Matthew J. Prigge has a book launch event tonight, March 19 at Boswell Book Company. For more information, visit