Great Chicago Fire

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Drawing of the Great Chicago Fire from Harper's Weekly

The Great Chicago Fire was a large fire that occurred on Sunday October 8, 1871 in Chicago, Illinois. It burned until Tuesday October 10, 1871 when rain began to fall. The fire destroyed 3.3 square miles, and $192,000,000 in property. About 100,000 people were left homeless, and 300 people died. The cause of the fire is not known with certainty. It was said that it began when a cow knocked over a lantern in Catherine O'Leary's barn on De Koven Street.[1]

The oldest structure left standing in the Chicago Fire zone is the Couch family tomb. This stone tomb has stood in place since it was built in 1858.[2] The second red star of the Chicago flag represents the fire.[3]

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