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Chicago as it was before the great fire of October 8, 9 and 10, 1871
Chicago as it was before the great fire

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The Great Chicago Fire
October 9, 1871

If you woke up and your house was on fire, what would you take with you before getting out? You might be surprised at some of the things you might grab in the middle of the night.

On October 8, 1871, a huge fire started near Chicago's downtown area and burned four square miles to the ground before it was extinguished. The blaze burned homes and shops and left 300 people dead and 500,000 people homeless. As the fire spread, people ran out of their homes, taking with them whatever they could grab. One woman carried a big frame that held her wedding veil, while another carried a pot of soup!

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