The Great Fire of 1910 is believed to be the largest fire ever recorded in the United States, burning around 3 million acres, an area of land nearly as large as Connecticut. The fire raged on the borders of Washington, Idaho and Montana, killing 86 people. Among those who escaped the fire was Edward Pulaski who led a group of men to a nearby mine and covered the exit with wet blankets, saving the majority of them. In 1923, Pulaski would win $500 for writing an essay on the event and submitting it to a contest. Could this 1910 eagle, minted the year of the Great Fire, have been part of the prize money awarded to Pulaski in 1923?