The Great Chicago Fire by fYX8HZg

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									The Great Chicago Fire: A
       Cow’s Tale
Great Chicago Fire
   In 1871 Chicago had become one of America’s major
    cities. The city was the “Queen of the West.”
   The growth of the railroads in the 1840’s and 1850’s
    created by the Civil War played a great part in the
    cities commerce. The city’s prosperity can be
    attributed to its location.
   Cattle and grain trades as well as manufacturing
    thrived.
   Houses, churches, stores, factories and sidewalks
    were made of mostly of wood.
Great Chicago Fire




   During the fall of 1871, the entire Midwest had
    suffered a major drought.
    The fire grew out of control when driven by a
    gale-force wind that fed on the parched timbers
    that had seen no rain in weeks.
    The fire raged for 29 hours.
Great Chicago Fire
   The Great Chicago Fire influenced Chicago’s
    Building Codes.
   The history of Fire Prevention Week has its
    roots in the Great Chicago Fire.
   The architecture in Chicago is a legacy of
    the fire.
Great Chicago Fire
                    There was a great deal of
                     anti-immigrant, anti-Irish,
                     and the anti-Catholic
                     sentiment in Chicago in
                     the 1870’s.
                    This probably contributed
                     to the hurried decision to
                     blame the O’Leary’s.
                    Mrs. O’Leary was an easy
                     target for the anti-Irish,
                     anti-working class and
                     anti-women movement.
Great Chicago Fire

           The statements taken by the citizens
            and the firemen were often
            contradictory.
           The perspectives and views of the
            individuals after the City Council’s
            resolution also varied.
           The energy spent on this matter over
            140 years after the fact remains
            controversial.

								
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