What started the Great Chicago Fire?
While the blame for the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 is routinely placed at the foot – or hooves, as the case may be – of a cow owned by Patrick and Catherine O’Leary, the story of this alleged bovine arsonist may have been exaggerated.
While it is acknowledged that the fire did start in or around a barn owned by the O’Learys on Oct. 8, 1971, the O’Learys strenuously insisted a cow was not to blame. More likely, the combination of an exceedingly warm, dry season and the city’s primarily wooden infrastructure combined to turn Chicago into an almost-literal powderkeg. Source: History.com
The Great Chicago Fire was a conflagration that burned from Sunday, October 8, to early Tuesday, October 10, 1871. Dates: 8 Oct 1871 – 10 Oct 1871. Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Chicago, on Lake Michigan in Illinois, is among the largest cities in the U.S. Famed for its bold architecture, it has a skyline punctuated by skyscrapers such as the iconic John Hancock Center, 1,451-ft. Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) and the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower. The city is also renowned for its museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago with its noted Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works.