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The Great Chicago Fire

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Brianna McLaughlin

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The Great Chicago Fire
Chicago - the fastest growing city in the western world
The Series of Unfortunate Events
dry summer

wooden buildings, roads, & streets

smaller fire the day before
- insufficient amount of firemen
- tired from fire
- damaged materials
- almost destroyed all water sources
October 8, 1871
The Chicago fire is an important day in American history, and has had a strong impact on development of the Western World.
Bibliography
Brianna McLaughlin

"Before and After the Fire." Before and After the Fire. University of Chicago, n.d. Web. 02 Dec. 2013. <http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/collections/maps/chifire/>.
"Before the Chicago Fire." Smithsonian Magazine. Smithsonian, n.d. Web. 02 Dec. 2013. <http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/What_Did_Chicago_Look_Like_Before_the_Great_Fire.html>.
"Chicago Fire of 1871." History.com. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 10 Oct. 2013. <http://www.history.com/topics/great-chicago-fire>.
Cromie, Robert. The Great Chicago Fire. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1958. Print.
"Did the Cow Do It?" The Cause of the Great Chicago Fire. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Oct. 2013. <http://www.thechicagofire.com/>.
"Did the Great Chicago Fire Really Start with Mrs. O'Leary's Cow?" HowStuffWorks. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Oct. 2013. <http://history.howstuffworks.com/history-vs-myth/chicago-fire-cow.htm>.

important stop on the American railway system

economy was booming because of the production & distribution of raw materials

fire halted all growth
Daniel Sullivan
People began pointing fingers at Sullivan after his trial

What he claimed he saw, & what he actually saw

His inability to run

Ultimately
not
the cow
The aftermath of the disaster
2000 acres destroyed

$222 million of destruction

Fire burnt down one third of Chicago

Left 100, 000 homeless

200 to 300 dead

Tonnes of generous donations
Impact on America & the Western World
Religion

Infrastructure and building code

Firefighting

Awareness brought to fires
The Chicago Fire resulted in destruction, growth, and a tremendous footprint in Western history
21st Century Impact
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