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The Great Chicago Fire


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It Wasn't The Cow!


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, Illinois
  • 8 Oct 1871

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.
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 1871

Destruction Unparalled in Illinois History

The Chicago fire was the single greatest destructive event in Illinois history.
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 1871

Contributor: ldrew
Created: September 26, 2008 · Modified: January 1, 2009

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