The Great Chicago Fire began in the evening on Oct. 8, 1871. For nearly three days, it burned 3.3 square miles of the city to the ground, leaving 100,000 homeless and more than 300 dead. The fire spread quickly due to dr... More »

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Following a nine-day inquiry, the Board of Police and Fire Commissioners reported that they were unable to determine the cause of the 1871 Chicago fire. The board questioned 50 people and amassed more than 1,000 pages of... More »

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The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 killed approximately 300 people. The fire burned from October 8 until October 10 of that year and created $200 million dollars worth of damages. More »

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The Chicago Fire of 1871, commonly referred to as the Great Chicago Fire, began sometime in the evening on October 8, 1871. It was started in or around a barn owned by Catherine and Patrick O'Leary, located at 137 DeKove... More »

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The Chicago Fire of 1871 started around 9:00 p.m. on October 8 and ended on the morning of October 10. The fire killed an estimated 300 people and left 100,000 of the city's 300,000 people homeless. It caused an estimate... More »

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The Chicago Fire of 1971 began burning on the night of October 8, 1971 and continued until October 10, 1971, when rain bolstered firefighting efforts. Dry weather and an abundance of wooden buildings made Chicago especia... More »

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Some historians believe that the Great Depression was ended by the start of World War II. Others believe it was actually the end of World War II that put the economy back on its feet. Historians generally agree that the ... More »