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The Great Chicago Fire

On the evening of 8 Oct 1871, a fire started in Chicago. By the evening of 10 Oct 1871, a large portion of the city lay in ashes.


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It Wasn't The Cow!

Chicago, Illinois


Michael Ahern, a Chicago Republican reporter, made fabricated the story the Mrs. O'Leary's cow started the fire.

According to Wikipedia, the fire started at 9 p.m. on Sunday, October 8, in or around a small shed that bordered the alley behind 137 DeKoven Street.

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Chicago Tribune Reports on the Fire

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The Chicago Tribune provided on the scene reports detailing the destruction of the fire.  The front page from three issues is shown to the right.
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Destruction Unparalled in Illinois History

Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago fire was the single greatest destructive event in Illinois history.
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