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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight

The Great Fire of Chicago was ignited on this date 143 years ago. Some accounts blame Mrs. Catherine O'Leary's cow for starting the fire when it overturned a lamp.

The Cause of the Great Chicago Fire by Kellogg & Bulkeley Company

Even contemporary officials concluded that the cow wasn't guilty, and in 1997 Chicago formally forgave Mrs. O'Leary for a century of slander. So what really did cause the fire that burned 17,000 buildings and left a third of the city homeless? The world may never know.

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