Great Chicago Fire

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  • Descriptive Essay: The Great Chicago Fire

    On October 8th, 1871, the Great Chicago Fire began. It burned down homes, killed hundreds, and demolished buildings. $200 million worth of buildings were destroyed. It is rumored that the fire was started by Catherine O’Leary’s cow who knocked over a lighted lantern. Chicago didn’t stand a chance against the fire. Barely any rain had fallen in months. Buildings, sidewalks, and roads were made of wood. Because of the dry weather, everything made of wood was dry and acted as excellent fuel to the fire. The fire led to nothing but disaster and devastation to Chicago as well as my family. I remember when the fire came so clearly, the memory branded into my brain. My family and I were sitting at the dinner table and we’d just finished saying grace.…

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  • Pollution Essay: The Great Chicago Fire

    The Great Chicago Fire “The blaze spread through Chicago from Sunday night until early Tuesday morning” (Owens 7). Even the rumors were like wildfire fiercely going threw out the town. Before the Chicago fire, life in Chicago was nice and simple, but after everything was in flames. ”At the time of the fire, Chicago's population was approximately 324,000; within nine years, there were some 500,000 Chicagoans. By 1890, the city was a major economic and transportation hub with an estimated…

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  • The Great Chicago Fire: The Grate Chicago

    The Grate Chicago Fire The Great Chicago Fire started on October 10 1871 around a barn at 137 Dekoven street. “The Chicago water tower and plumbing station at Michigan and Chicago avenues are among the few buildings to have survived the fire”. everything burned down because the city was mostly built of wood. The damage was so bad that it killed 300 people and the damage coasted 2 million to repair the city. Some of the theories were everything burned down because the city was mostly…

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  • Claim: The Great Chicago Fire

    CLAIM: we still don't know who started the great Chicago fire started Reason 1: the great Chicago fire did not start by Mrs. O’leary’s cow. It all started with chon and Mrs O'leary's son because the kids were supposed to be in bed but they got out in bed and they started playing with craps and if they were in bed the fire would have never even happened. Evidence: Mrs O'leary's cow did not start the fire. I read on this website and it said that chon and Mrs O’leary’s sons were playing with…

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  • October 8, 1871: The Great Fire

    The Great Fire Chicago in October 8, 1871, was a city ready to burn like a fireplace and the author Jim Murphy showed enough evidence to show it’s a city ready to burn. Also in the book you could see the fire from miles,but they didn’t think it was something to worry about. In the book he tells you most of the city was made of wood. Such as “houses, roads, sidewalks, and even companies because they didn’t have enough money to make it out of stone”. There was only a few fireproof buildings in…

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  • The Myth Of The O Leary Cow Theory

    On October 8th, 1871, a tremendous fire broke out in the city of Chicago. Everyone had been doing their normal daily deeds when an unexpected fire started. The fire killed hundreds and left thousands homeless. This disaster fire grew quickly making it difficult to stop it as it spread north and east to the center of the city. Many people still to this day do not know or have evidence on how this chaos began. Although there are many theories about it, the O’Leary cow theory is the most…

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  • Chicago Fire Research Paper

    1871 a fire broke out that caused much misfortune and destruction to the city of Chicago. While the true cause of the fire is unknown, there are things that are well documented such as some reasons why the fire got so big so quickly, the effects the fire had, and the aftermath of the fire. The Great Chicago Fire was a large fire that burned out of control because many mistakes were made that lead to horrible consequences that would bring many changes to the society. One of the first reasons…

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  • History Of Chicago Union Hospital

    Advocate Illinois Masonic has a rich history in how it became the hospital it is today. Before it was called Illinois Masonic, it was Chicago Union Hospital. The Union Hospital was organized during the time of rebuilding post the great Chicago fire in 1901. Belden Avenue Baptist Church Steadfast Sunday School organized the union hospital. Amongst the board members of the hospital were some Masons who formed an association for the purpose of providing free medical and surgical treatment for…

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  • The Blood Red Night Analysis

    The article "The Blood Red Night" is about a huge wildfire in Peshtigo. In the article it says, "By the end of the night, the town of Peshtigo, Wisconsin, would be burned to ashes. As many as 2,500 people would be dead." Which means if some of those people didn't run for their lives, they probably would have been dead. It also said in the article that, "Trees exploded in the extreme heat. Flaming hunks of wood flew across the forest, setting more fires miles away," saying that there were more…

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  • Zea Family Lineage

    grateful for the chance to delve into a history I am most certainly unaware of. A long time before my Great Grandfather, Lawrence Dale Zea, and his sisters Louise and Lucille, and brother Kenny lived in Illinois the Zea family lineage began in New York. Our lineage spawns from hard working laborers in an unknown town in New York. My great-great-great-grandfather, George Washington Zea, was born in New York on December 10, 1854 to Sylvester Zea and Margaret Maria…

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