The Great Chicago Fire 1871
By 1871 Chicago had become one of America's major cities
spurred by the growth of the railroad in the 1840's and 1850's and by the boom created by the Civil War (1851-65).
The night of October 7 saw a fire
that burned out a four-block area of the West Side and required
the services of almost half of the city's firefighters.
This was only a prelude to the disaster that struck Sunday
evening. The fire even then
might not have become a disastrous one if the watchman on duty had sent the fire engine to the correct
location when the fire began. By the time the firefighters reached De
Koven Street the flames had spread too far to be controlled.
The fire raged for a day and a half and covered 73 miles of streets.
fell to the young couple and they were forced to adjourn to Muskogee.