Chicago Fire


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  • The Fire started on Oct 8, 1871; It is believed it was stared by a cow kicking over a lantern. Other theories include a bonfire gone wrong, and a meteorite collision.
  • The fire quickly spread from the O'Leary farm and made its way into the city. Ironically today, the Chicago Fire House is located on the O'Leary Property.
  • The Great Chicago Fire was responsible for the death of 300 people, leaving 100,000 residents homeless, and destroying 17,00 structures.
  • In addition to the damage, the flames also brought on a mass outpouring of thief's and robbers. The violent outbreak was so bad, Chicago was placed under martial law.
  • After two long days of burning, the city was terribly damaged, many of the main buildings and infrastructure remained intact; Public transportation was barley harmed. However, rebuilding the city would take 9 long years
  • Chicago used the rebuild as a chance to become a major economic city. With the help of architects Chicago transformed into the modern city we know today. The rebuild was successful in doubling Chicagos population
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