Chicago - City of Broad Shoulders

This course is about Chicago, We will cover the history of the city and region, the politics, corruption, arts, plans, neighborhoods, humor, achievements and the future of the City.

Chicago Fire 1871

The Great Chicago Fire broke out in 1871, destroying an area of about 4 miles long and 1 mile wide, a large section of the city at the time. Three hundred people died and one hundred thousand were homeless. 

Legends say that the fire started by Mrs. Oleary's cow kicking over a lantern. Much of the city, including railroads and stockyards, survived intact, and from the ruins of the previous wooden structures arose more modern constructions of steel and stone which would set the precedent for worldwide construction. 

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  1. Great Chicago Fire - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    The Great Chicago Fire was a conflagration that burned from Sunday, October 8, to early Tuesday, October 10, 1871, killing hundreds and destroying about 3.3 ...
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  4. 1871 Chicago Fire: A city in ruins -,0,69...
    The fire burned from Sunday October 8 to early Tuesday October 10, 1871, killing hundreds and destroying about four square miles in Chicago, Illinois.
  5. History Files - Chicago Fire - Chicago History Museum
    The Great Chicago Fire. The summer of 1871 was very dry, leaving the ground parched and the wooden city vulnerable. On Sunday evening, October 8, 1871...
  6. The Cause of the Great Chicago Fire
    Historians agree that on Sunday evening, October 8, 1871, the Chicago Fire did indeed start in the barn of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick and Catherine O'Leary. While the ...

  7. The Chicago Fire of 1871 and the 'Great Rebuilding' - National ...
    Article on the 140th anniversary of the Chicago Fire focusing on city planning and the "Great Rebuilding."
  8. Chicago Fire of 1871 — Articles, Video, Pictures and Facts
    Also known as the Great Chicago Fire, the Chicago Fire of 1871 was one of the most famous and most devastating fires in American history..
  9. The Great Chicago Fire & The Web of Memory: Introduction
    In addition, there is an 1871 Timeline that recalls events in Chicago life during the year of the fire. Available on the App Store. Throughout the site there are ...