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Great Chicago Fire

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The Great Chicago fire burned across the city for two days, October 8th to October 10th, 1871. It destroyed over 3 square miles of the city and killed hundreds of people.
Chicago rebuilt after the fire into a world class city.
  The Chicago Fire burned for 3 days on October 8, 9, and 10, 1871.
As legend insists, a cow in a barn kicked over a lantern, but whenyou do further research you will find that to this very day, no oneknows exactly what started it.
The Chicago Fire started on October 8, 1871.
The Cubs were not founded until 1876, so they didn't miss anyseasons due to the Great Chicago Fire.
From 8 to 10 October 1871.
If Chicago would have had some rain, it would have helped. Theweather was very dry. Rain eventually came and put the fire out.
The cause of the Great Chicago Fire remains unknown.
Sometime around 9:00 PM on October 8, 1871 in or near a barn at 137 DeKoven Street.
Strangely it motivated the city and set it on a new course of development, modernization and innovation.
After two days, rain began to fall. On the morning of October 10, 1871, the fire died out leaving complete devastation in the heart of the city.
Sunday, October 8, 1871
Chicago's 25th Mayor, Roswell B Mason instructed General Philip Sheridan who was leading reliief efforts by the US Army to issue that order and placed him in charge. Civilian control was re-established in a few days since and there was panic but liittle or no disturbance.
The water tower, the Chicago Avenue pumping station, St. Michael's Church, Old St. Patrick's Church and Holy Family Church, among others
Ulysses S. Grant was president when the Great Fire of Chicagohappened.
That remains a mystery, but Catherine O'Leary's cow was not guilty. That was a bit of creative writing which the reporter added as good copy.
A shift in the wind direction and a favorable drizzle.
Sunday, October 8, to early Tuesday, October 10, 1871
The fire began on Sunday, 8 October 1871 and lasted until Tuesday 10 October 1871.
The cause of the fire remains unknown, but the story about Catherine O'Leary's cow was creative writing by a reporter.
So great because so many people became homeless, or even died. Thefire got big quickly because the buildings were made of wood, so itwas way more flammable. But the greatest part was that Chicago was rebuilt into a worldclass city. It became home to the skyscraper and a beautifulwaterfront.
No one really knows what started the fire. There are lots oflegends about how it got started. The most popular one is Mrs.O'Leary's cow kicked over the lantern and got on the hay. Mrs.O'Leary claims that she had no lantern in the barn that night.
The Tuesday morning rain put out the Chicago fire.
It did not happen. That origin was a bit of creative writing by the Chicago Republican Newspaper reporter Michael Ahern who admitted to making it up 22 years later as "colorful copy". The cause of the Great Chicago Fire remains one of the unknowns in American History.
The true cause of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 is not known. Folklore of the time said the fire was started in the barn of Mrs. Patrick O'Leary when her cow kicked over a lantern. A reporter, Michael Ahern, first reported this, however recanted his statement about Mrs. O'Leary's cow being the...
The fire stood out less for the deaths and destruction than for therapid recovery.
Right around 2,000... not sure the exact number.. but they are also on a hiring freeze and lost a court case in which they have to hire 100 guys from the 1996 test..
The Chicago Fire had nothing to do with a meteor. It was very dryconditions. Wisconsin had the Peshtigo Fire on the same day.
Nobody knows for sure the answer to this question. The fire began in or near a barn on DeKoven St. belonging to Mrs. Catherine O'Leary. There is a colorful legend that persists to this day, that the fire was started by a cow, belonging to Mrs. O'Leary, kicking over a lantern. While Mrs. O'Leary, and...
The exact origin of the Great Chicago Fire is unknown, but it was not Catherine O'Leary and it was not her cow.
The fire killed 300 people and over 100,000 were left homeless.
It destroyed 17,500 buildings.
There are 100 fire stations in Chicago. They employ about 5,000 people. "The Department consists of seven (7) Districts, 24 Battalions, 99 Engine Companies, 1 Fire Boat, 60 Truck Companies, 4 Rescue Squads, 1 Hazardous Materials Unit, 1 Collapse Rescue Unit, 59 Advanced Life Support Ambulances, 12...
The Great Chicago Fire was October 8th to 10th, 1871.
Ulysses S. Grant was the President of the United States in 1871.
The fire showed the need for building standards and an effectiveprofessional fire department.
Chicago recovered, it grew, it expanded, it improved and it progressed in the aftermath of the disaster.
The firefighters, the mayor, Philip Sheridan, and the rain are theheroes of the Chicago fire.
The O'Leary house was spared.
A human resource lady told me they went through the first 1000 in '07 and are working on the next 1000 in '08 That lady is the one pulling the numners that were supposed to be a call nunber a number to identify you not your call number. Its really sad that even if through a mircale your called by...
Much of the debris from the Great Chicago Fire was dumped along theshoreline of Lake Michigan.
There was a three week drought when a barn fire started. It waswindy that night and the fire department was exhausted from a firethe day before so they were slow to respond. By the time they gotthere, it was to late. they could not control the fire.
It remains of unknown origin, but it was not Catherine O'Leary's cow.
1. Catherine O'Leary 2. Patrick O'Leary 3. Daniel Sullivan 4. The Dalton Family 5. Robert A. Williams 6. William Brown That's it
In 1871, there were no cars. People walked, rode horses, or wagonswith horses.
About 90,000 residents were homeless,
Chicago spent the next twenty years doing rebuilding. There werejobs and opportunities for people in Chicago.
Perhaps because a four square mile park built on ashes and rubble in the center of the city seemed to be a poor Real Estate investment at the time. It is also an American tradition when given Lemons to make Lemonade. It was a chance to make a new start while correcting the errors of the past decades...
We learned not to build an entire city out of wood. We also learnedthat building codes were needed.
there were about 150 people injured in the fire of 1871
At the time, the majority of buildings in Chicago were built of wood and, therefore, burned easily. Since then, Chicago has strengthened its building codes to prevent such a disaster from recurring.
The cause of the Great Chicago Fire remains unknown, but is was not started by Catherine O'Leary's cow.
The San Francisco Earthquake and ensuing fire cost the lives of roughly 3,000 people and $400M in damage - $80M attributed to the earthquake and $320M to the fire that burned 4.7 square miles of San Francisco in 1906. The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 resulted in an estimated 300 deaths and $200M in...
No. We do not know for sure who and how someone started the great fire of Chicago in 1871 and we probably never will since there are no eye-witnesses.
The Great Chicago Fire often blamed on a cow kicking over alantern began on October 8, 1871.
The origin of the 1871 Chicago Fire remains unknoown even today. The traditional answer is that Catherine O'Leary's cow kicked over a lantern, but that was only a reporter's yarn that lacks credibility.
Chicago's eastern border is Lake Michigan.
It stated at the O'Leary's barn.
  1968, after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Much of the destruction caused by the Great Chicago Fire was to the buildings constructed of wood. After the fire, building codes were changed to require stone and brick construction.
The origin of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 remains unknown.
At the time of the Great Chicago Fire (1871), there was no Macy's in Chicago. Macy's acquired Marshall Field & Company in August of 2005.
Louis Sullivan is responsible for the rebuilding of Chicago. His  works can be found in many different cities, including St. Louis  and New York.
There was three weeks of dry weather. Conditions were right for anylittle spark to start a fire. Any lit cigarette, or unattended firecould have been the cause of the Chicago Fire.
The 300 people that died and the 100,000 that were made homelesswere involved with the Chicago Fire. Joseph Medill became the newmayor.
The Chicago History Museum is a great place to start.
One brick at a time, just like any other rebuild in America!
Back then they had bucket brigades. People would pass buckets ofwater to throw on the fire.
big enough to burn down chicago at that time
No. The Great Chicago Fire caused the need for the city to rebuild.
There was no public library in Chicago when the 1871 fire happened.After the fire, the city of London donated 8,000 books. The ChicagoPublic Library opened in 1873.
Some say it was Mrs. O'Leary's cow. But the true cause was neverfound.
The Water Tower building did not burn during the Great ChicagoFire.
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 blaze ironically spared the O'Leary home, located on the city's West Side at 137 De Koven Street, much of the rest of Chicago was not so...
Both events were tragedies, but in sheer body count 9/11 was tentimes worse than the Great Chicago Fire.
The fire In Chicago made over 200 people become homeless
The fire lasted till Tuesday when it rained.
Only temporarily. Chicago rebuilt. It changed from a town of woodhomes to a city of skyscrapers with a beautiful lake front. DanielBurnham said to make no small plans.
Mrs. O'Leary owned the cow near where the fire started. There wasno proof that the cow started the fire.
The death toll estimate was 300 as a result of the Great ChicagoFire.
The death toll estimate was 300 from the Great Chicago Fire.
The Chicago fire killed 300 people and left 100,000 homeless. Theruins were built over. A building boom began. The city plannerscame up with building codes to make the city safer. Buildings ofbrick and stone replaced the wood. Skyscrapers were built. And in20 years the city was ready to show the...
  In the Chicago fire there was destruction in properties and belongings but it did not affect it's geography. The geography of a place or a location doesn't change until a mass destruction happens, like volcano eruptions, earthquakes, etc,. . .
The Great Chicago Fire occurred in October of 1871.
No. Buckingham Fountain opened in 1927.
The Chicago Fire Department is located within the Department of Emergency Services in Chicago, Illinois. Many brave firefighters work for this department.