Sentinel Structures, Inc.
477 S. Peck Ave
P.O. Box 128
Peshtigo, WI 54157
Phone (715) 582-4544
Fax (715) 582-4932
|Many are aware
of the great Chicago fire of October 8, 1871. Few are
aware of a far more disastrous fire the same day in the
great pine forests three hundred miles north of Chicago,
at Peshtigo, Wisconsin. The lives of 600 in Peshtigo were
lost and many more perished in the surrounding
William B. Ogden, first mayor of Chicago, owned the Peshtigo Company at the time of the fire. The plant consisted of a sawmill, a woodenware factory, a sash and blind factory and loggers in the woods, employing 800 persons.
Wood has been used for fuel, for housing, for transportation, and countless other end products. Today, the market for structural glued laminated timber is in buildings, bridges, sound barriers, and a myriad of other uses. While wood still serves as fuel, there are far more important uses in structural applications.
The first structural glued laminated
timber members in America are roof supports in the
Peshtigo High School gymnasium, built in 1934. The base
facilities of Sentinel Structures, Inc. are those used by
the 1934 company to fabricate those first glued laminated