October 8th, 2013

Five Things You Don’t Know About The Great Chicago Fire

On the 142nd anniversary of The Great Chicago Fire, we thought we would share five interesting pieces of trivia that you might not know about the blaze that crippled our city.

  1. Today, the Chicago Fire Department training academy is located on the site of the O’Leary property where the Great Chicago Fire started.
  2. On October 7th, 1871 the night before, a fire tore through four city blocks before the fire department could bring it to bear.
  3. $200 million dollars worth of property was destroyed, the equivalent of $3,778,169,634 today.
  4. Companies of soldiers were summoned to Chicago and martial law was declared on October 11, ending three days of chaos. Martial law was lifted several weeks later.
  5. In 1997, the Chicago City Council passed a resolution exonerating Catherine O’Leary for starting the Great Chicago Fire.
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