The farm animal was accused of kicking over a lantern and starting the great chicago fire on oct. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. The chicago water tower and pumping station on michigan avenue, now home to city gallery and lookingglass theatre, are. It was a devastating disaster which happened in chicago, illinois, destroying peace and silence in the community. With extensive back matter, including a bibliography, extended reading list, glossary, and further internet sources, young readers will gobble up this actionpacked comic book about.
Within a few years chicago was rebuilt and the city was expanding rapidly. It burned until tuesday october 10, 1871 when rain started to fall. They lost a hose and other firefighting equipment, including one of seventeen steam fire engines and a hose cart. In this episode, youre going to learn whether or not a cow really had anything to do with the cause of the great chicago fire. In its wake, the great chicago fire destroyed an area about four miles long and averaged three quarter mile wide. Apart from human casualties, the fire damaged thousands of building and several other. The great chicago fire the university of chicago library. What is part of the great aftermath of the chicago fire is the chicago architecture, and chicago is still trying to out do. The great chicago fire by janet mchugh or the story of the chicago fire by conrad stein or i survived the great chicago fire, 1871 by lauren tarshis if you read this third book, be sure to read walking in oscars footsteps and questions and answers about the chicago fire. What is known is that the fire quickly grew out of control and moved rapidly north and east toward the city center. About the great chicago fire is the universitys invitational mock trial tournament. The great chicago fire was a large fire that started on sunday october 8, 1871 in chicago, illinois, united states. For those interested in chicagos history the weather channels short videos on this fire are linked together here for the first time. Discover the story of the great chicago fire of 1871, an inferno that forever changed the citys skyline.
Chicago is the third largest city in the united states, with a population of nearly three million people. The fire, despite its humble origins in a barn, was ferocious. For more than 24 hours, the fire burned through the heart of chicago, killing 300 people and leaving onethird of the citys population homeless. Discover the story of the great chicago fire of 1871, an inferno that forever changed the citys skyline, in this epic graphic novel. The fire started october 8, 1871, at night from a barn owned by patrick. The chicago water tower and pumping station on michigan avenue, now home to city gallery and lookingglass theatre, are among chicagos few remaining prefire buildings. The 2020 great chicago fire invitational will be hosted on january 25th 26th, 2020. All the questions on this quiz are based on information that can be found on the page at great chicago fire. Below are some interesting facts on the great fire of chicago or alternatively download our comprehensive.
After this look at the great chicago fire of 1871, read up on the cocoanut grove fire, the deadliest nightclub disaster in history. This book presents the story of the great chicago fire with engaging graphic illustrations. The fire department worked tirelessly to douse the flames and were helped by a rain on the last day of the blaze. The great chicago fire university of chicago library. The great chicago fire of 1871 disasters in history olson, kay melchisedech, barnett iii, charles, miller, phil on. The huge fire started in the olearys barnyard and lasted for thirty hours. Aug 23, 2017 whatever its cause, experience the devastation of the great chicago fire in the gallery above. The rebuilding of the city spurred economic growth and brought in new developers. Its scenic lakeside location, worldclass cultural offerings and unique architecture are just some of the reasons why chicago is a great place to live and visit. This information about the great chicago fire is from the introduction of the chicago historical societys recently published book, the great chicago fire by paul m. The chicago fire of 1871, also called the great chicago fire, burned from october 8 to october 10, 1871, and destroyed thousands of buildings, killed an. Great chicago fire simple english wikipedia, the free. Chicago fire of 1871, conflagration that began on october 8, 1871, and burned until early october 10, devastating an expansive swath of the city of chicago.
The population reached nearly 30,000 in 1850 and was triple that a decade later. The great fire was a newbery medal honor book in 1996. One of his stops was at the shingled cottage of patrick and atherine oleary. The chicago fire department of 1871 employed just 185 firefighters with only 17 horsedrawn steam engines to protect the whole city. This uncontrolled fire went on a rampage, penning down a story of.
The story of the blaze that destroyed the midwests largest city charles river editors. I just finished a brand new book entitled the great. Jul 28, 2014 in this episode, youre going to learn whether or not a cow really had anything to do with the cause of the great chicago fire. The great chicago fire of 1871 by kay melchisedech olson 4 6. I survived the great chicago fire, 1871 i survived series. The great chicago fire was a conflagration that burned in the american city of chicago during october 810, 1871. The fire began in a neighborhood southwest of the city center. The great chicago fire of 1871, when the windy city almost. On october 8, 1871, a fire broke out in a barn on the southwest side of chicago, illinois. William lee, a neighbor of the olearys, hurried to the drugstore to turn in a fire alarm, but bruno goll, the owner of the drugstore, didnt allow him because all the fire trucks had left. Sep 01, 2006 i would recommend this book for children ages 612. The novel the great fire is about the great fire that happened in chicago.
Excerpt from the great fire by jim murphy 1 it was sunday and an unusuallywarm evening for october eighth, so daniel peg leg sullivan left his stifling little house in the west side of chicago and went to visit neighbors. Dramatic illustrations and fastpaced text provide a youarethere experience. The great chicago fire of 1871 chicagos population had exploded from about 4,000 people when it gained its first city charter in 1837, to 30,000 in 1850, then to an astounding 330,000 by 1871. The great chicago fire of 1871 living history of illinois. Jim murphy, the great fire grade 6 originally published in new york.
The great chicago fire was one of the worst disasters in u. Others believed that a group of men who gambled inside the barn of oleary started the fire when they knocked the lantern. Ten things about the great chicago fire interesting chicago. The chicago fire of 1871, also called the great chicago fire, burned from october 8 to october 10, 1871, and destroyed thousands of buildings, killed an estimated 300 people and caused an estimated. The great chicago fire, as the horror happened in 1871. Andersonvilles roots as a community extend well back into the 19th century, when immigrant swedish farmers started moving north into what was then a distant suburb of chicago. The fire continued to burn through 9th of october forming a massive wall speeding at 160 kilometers an hour. On october 8, 1871, chicago just about burned to the ground during a two day conflagration. The anniversary of the great chicago fire is tomorrow. A quick easy and interesting read about the chicago fire. This book separates facts from fiction about the great chicago fire. A sunday night blaze in a barn quickly spread, and for approximately 30 hours the flames roared through chicago, consuming hastily constructed neighborhoods of immigrant housing as well as the citys business district. The great chicago fire of 1871 kay melchisedech olson.
Youre also going to learn some interesting tidbits about the benefit of the great chicago fire to the city of chicago. Chicagos growth in the mid19th century was unprecedented. Daniel pegleg sullivan was the first to notice the fire and ran to save the cows in the barn and to tell the olearys that their property was on fire. Meteorites are not known to start or spread fires and are cool to the touch. On sunday, october 8, 1871, a fire started on the south side of chicago. October 8, 1871 and burned through the morning of october 10, 1871. Dec 04, 2012 the great chicago fire started around 9.
But in the late 1800s, it wasnt common to own a phone, and so firefighters had to rely on sometimes unreliable. The speeding massive fire wall created tornadostyle winds and the tremendous heat turned the beach sands into glass. This bundle contains 11 readytouse great chicago fire worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about the great chicago fire which occurred on october 8, 1871. Nearly half of chicagos 185 firemen fought this fire and many were on duty all day, so they were already exhausted when the great chicago fire of 1871 struck. The chicago fire of 1871 aka great chicago fire started on 8th of october. City of the century, a descendant of olearys stated that she spent the rest of her life in the public eye, and she constantly was blamed for starting the fire. Chicago s growth in the mid19th century was unprecedented. Whatever its cause, experience the devastation of the great chicago fire in the gallery above. With the chicago fire anniversary just around the corner, here are some of the lesser known facts and history about the fire that led to the construction of the second city. For even more fun facts about usa, check out the cursive handwriting printables bundle for more than 2000 page of pages of peculiar, fun facts about all 50 states. Sep 08, 2015 listen as casey grant from the national fire protection association and bestselling author lauren tarshsis of the i survived book series talk about the lessons we learned from the great.
It killed hundreds of people, left more than 100,000 homeless nearly one third of chicagos residents at the time, destroyed roughly 17,000 buildings, and caused a couple hundred million of dollars in. Over 60,000 buildings 90% made of wood were squeezed into the city limits, along with hundreds of miles of wooden streets and sidewalks. The fire killed approximately 300 people, destroyed roughly 3. Road trip teacher takes you on a road trip to nine 9 historic destinations in the united statesimportant. For webquest or practice, print a copy of this quiz at the great chicago fire webquest print page. It leveled more than 3 square miles of the city, killing 300 people and leaving another 100,000 homeless. Then, see the most devastating natural disasters of the 21st century.
A long period of hot, dry, windy conditions, and the wooden construction prevalent in the city led to a conflagration. The great chicago fire of 1871 disasters in history. The story of the great chicago fire in 1871, as recounted in 1971 original editors note. A close reading of the great fire by jim murphy excerpt. The fire finally abated as the winds from the frontal system diminished and a light drizzle began falling late that monday night. Sep 30, 2011 for those interested in chicagos history the weather channels short videos on this fire are linked together here for the first time. Oct 07, 2014 the anniversary of the great chicago fire is tomorrow. It was estimated that around 300 people lost their lives because of the fire. Start studying the i survived the great chicago fire, 1871 quiz. Catherine oleary died on july 3, 1895 of acute pneumonia at her home at 53 halsted street, and was buried at mount olivet cemetery. In 1871, the chicago fire department had 185 firefighters with just 17. The fire leapt the south branch of the chicago river and.
The local pbs station in chicago, wttw, is really good about presenting materials that are related to the local history, but ive missed seeing anything they may have presented on this topic. In all of history, no cow is more infamous than mrs. Louis as the fourthlargest city in america and sat poised to become a major player on the international scene. The location where the fire began is now home to the chicago fire academy. The exact death toll attributable to the fire is not known.
Listen as casey grant from the national fire protection association and bestselling author lauren tarshsis of the i survived book series talk about the lessons we learned from the great. The great chicago fire of 1871 destroyed onethird of the city and left more than 100,000 homeless. Fiction and nonfiction about the great chicago fire of 1871 score a book s total score is based on multiple factors, including the number of people who have voted for it and how highly those voters ranked the book. October 810, 1871 in october 1871, chicago was the fourth largest city in the united states with over 334,000 residents. The great chicago fire was a conflagration that burned in the american city of chicago during. The great fire is a story for children and young adults, written by jim murphy about the great chicago fire of 1871, which caused the destruction of most of the city of chicago. The i survived the great chicago fire, 1871 quiz flashcards.
The great chicago fires origins remain a mystery time. I bought it for my boys ages 7 and 9 to read before a trip to chicago. The goal of this three day exemplar is to give students the opportunity to use the reading and writing habits theyve been practicing on a regular basis to explore the historic great fire of chicago. Oleary and her cow of any blame for the great chicago fire. Did the great chicago fire really start after a cow kicked over a lantern in a barn. The great chicago fire reading, answering questions, and analyzing the text the great chicago fire by michael a. W ithout a doubt, the great chicago fire was one of the worst disasters of the 19th century. This is precisely what people of chicago saw and experienced back in 1871. The great rebuilding was the effort to construct a new, urban center. The great chicago fire was a large fire that started on sunday october 8, 1871 in chicago, illinois. This was a good, short book on the great chicago fire of 1871. Some people think that the fire was started by mrs. There is a major league soccer team called the chicago fire. The great chicago fire destroyed a major american city, making it one of the most destructive disasters of the 19th century.411 633 1158 1021 400 1515 1492 1441 1501 1483 2 824 1187 1236 264 1134 438 422 1181 292 980 449 1401 133 1527 1129 931 1214 1515 884 278 1489 1478 1243 589 921 90 248 1029 1174 1007 1010 1238