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The great Chicago fire

Paul M. Angle

The great Chicago fire

October 8-10, 1871, described by eight men and women who experienced its horrors and testified to the courage of its inhabitants.

by Paul M. Angle

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Published by The Chicago Historical Society in [Chicago] .
Written in English

    Places:
  • Chicago (Ill.)
    • Subjects:
    • Great Fire, Chicago, Ill., 1871.,
    • Chicago (Ill.) -- History -- To 1875.

    • Edition Notes

      StatementIntrod. and notes by Paul M. Angle. Picture selection by Mary Frances Rhymer.
      Classifications
      LC ClassificationsF548.42 .A5 1971
      The Physical Object
      Pagination122 p.
      Number of Pages122
      ID Numbers
      Open LibraryOL4769609M
      LC Control Number78156094

      Dorsey, a fireman, ran to the drugstore and pulled the lever to sound the fire alarm, but no one responded and the fire continued to grow with the power of the wind. No one looking at the falsely solid brickfronts could have believed the city would be so vulnerable. Elias Colbert and Everett Chamberlin, Chicago and the Great Conflagration, This city never was, and probably never will be again, so thoroughly guarded and watched with so many anxious eyes, as it was on that fearful Monday and the few succeeding days. No one is quite sure how the fire began.

      Finally around 11P. The legend took hold that the fire had started when a cow being milked by Mrs. Booming industries such as the Union Stockyards and lumberyards were located outside of the burn zone, which was roughly Halsted Street east to Lake Michigan and Roosevelt Avenue north to Fullerton Parkway. Timber and paper industries took hold first, then came meat packing and steel production. A Long Summer Drought The summer of was very hot, and the city of Chicago suffered under a brutal drought. Approximately bodies were recovered, but it was estimated that more than people died.

      Michael's Church in Old Town, St. No one looking at the falsely solid brickfronts could have believed the city would be so vulnerable. Chief Marshall Robert Williams - Chief of the fire department. Sheridan came quickly to the aid of the city and was placed in charge by a proclamation, given by mayor Roswell B. Alarms were sounded, and a fire company which had just returned from battling the previous night's fire responded.


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The great Chicago fire book

Get exclusive access to content from our First Edition with your subscription. After a huge fire like this you would expect for it to take a long time to rebuild, but within a month, 4, new buildings were put up. Much of the city was destroyed in the fire.

Following another destructive fire innew building codes were written to ensure that most new construction contained more fire-resistant brick and stone.

Thank God, those most dear to me and the city as well are safe. As people fled east to the lake, odd things were saved, such examples are: a rooster, a fire place mantle, a pack of playing cards, a stovepipe, an empty box, a feather duster, and a wooden Indian.

Alarms were sounded, and a fire company which had just returned from battling the previous night's fire responded. And while the story of Mrs. General P. The slums became kindling for the downtown conflagration, where even the supposedly fireproof stone and brick buildings exploded in flames as the destruction swept northward.

Many historians agree that the city that rose like a phoenix from the ashes would likely have kept growing without the fire. Holden The capitalists, the mercantile and business interests of this country and of Europe cannot afford to withhold the means to rebuild Chicago Roughly one-third of the city lay in ruins, and an equal proportion of the population—nearlypeople—was homeless.

When that blaze was brought under control it seemed that Chicago had been saved from a major disaster. Cities in the east sent contributions, and even President Ulysses S.

Chicago fire of 1871

Several homes, one block north, had caught on fire. Between July and October, only 5 inches of rain fell. Feverish and impatient with ambition, no one cared that Sunday was supposed to be a day of rest and reflection. Sheridan came quickly to the aid of the city and was placed in charge by a proclamation, given by mayor Roswell B.

Daniel Sullivan sat on the wooden sidewalk when he saw a flame in Mrs. The fire began in a small barn owned by the O'Leary family in the southwest section of the city.

Fire Narrative of Bessie Bradwell Helmer The Ruined City It was the completeness of the wreck; the total desolation which met the eye on every hand; the utter blankness of what had a few hours before been so full of life, of associations, of aspirations, of all things which kept the mind of a Chicagoan so contantly driven.

No one looking at the falsely solid brickfronts could have believed the city would be so vulnerable. The city rebuilt quickly, and by its population had reached a half million. As the fire kept moving towards other parts of the city, it started to rain, which gave the people of the city hope.I Survived the Great Chicago Fire, Digital + Printable Book Unit Created by Gay Miller Welcome to Book Units Teacher ~ I love teaching!

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Goes along with the book I Survived - The Great Chicago Fire, Includes: Title Page Questions for each of the 15 chapters Answer Key Included Can be used whole group, small group, or for independent practice. I've. Nearly half of Chicago’s firemen fought this fire and many were on duty all day, so they were already exhausted when the Great Chicago Fire of struck.

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October inferno. On the night of October 8,fire spread across Chicago. While the cause of the blaze is unknown, its origin was at West DeKoven Street—an address that today is. Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for - The Great Chicago Fire of Book of Postcards Aa at the best online prices at eBay!

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