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Panoramic view of the World's Fair, Chicago, 1893
A panoramic view of the 1893 World Fair in Chicago, 22 years after the fire

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The Great Chicago Fire
October 9, 1871

One Chicago resident described jumping out of bed as the fire approached. "Everybody in the house was trying to save as much as possible. I tied my clothes in a sheet. With my clothes under my arm and my pack on my back, I left the house with the rest of the family. Everybody was running north. People were carrying all kinds of crazy things . . . cats, dogs and goats. In the great excitement people saved worthless things and left behind good things." It's easy to panic and not think clearly in a fire. Most possessions can be replaced, so it is very important to leave a burning building as quickly as possible.
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