1888 : Hermansville, Michigan Burns

December 23, 2018 all-day

On December 23, 1888, the lumber town of Hermansville, Michigan on U.S. 2 near the Wisconsin border burned to the ground due to a lack of a fire department and limited water supply to fight a fire that broke out.

Picturesquely preserved like an insect in amber, Hermansville was the company town that introduced hardwood flooring to the world in the 1880s. Until then, floors in homes had used softer pine. Hardwoods like maple and oak were too difficult to work and tended to warp. C. J. L. Meyer developed a kiln-drying process for taking the right amount of moisture out of hardwood and developing machinery for making tongue-and-groove hardwood flooring strips. This process is still used today.

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Source : Pasty Central Day in History, December 23

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