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Distel Saloon in Calumet, Michigan
Photo: Tony Distel.
This is a photograph of Frank Distel's saloon in Calumet, Michigan, contributed by Tony Distel, the proprietor's great grandson. Tony believes the picture was taken prior to World War I.
Calumet is known for the Italian Hall Disaster of 1913, in which 73 people were tragically killed during a stampede at a crowded Christmas party when someone wrongly cried out, "Fire!"
Folk music legend Woody Guthrie wrote a song about the incident, "1913 Massacre."
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