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On the night of October 8, 1871, a fire broke out in Mrs. O'Leary's barn on the city's Southwest Side. A series of unfortunate human and natural events caused the blaze to quickly spread out of control.
Despite the fire spreading and growing rapidly, the city’s firefighters continued to battle the blaze. A short time after the fire jumped the river, a burning piece of timber lodged on the roof of the city’s waterworks. Within minutes, the interior of the building was engulfed in flames and the building was destroyed. With it, the city’s water mains went dry and the city was helpless. The fire burned unchecked from building to building, block to block.
Late into the evening of the 9th, it started to rain but the fire had already started to burn itself out. The fire had spread to the sparsely populated areas of the north side having consumed the densely populated areas thoroughly.
The fire burned wildly throughout the following day, finally coming under control on October 10, when rain gave a needed boost to firefighting efforts.
Hans Wilkins in November 2013 removed this wood when some work was preformed from the third floor, top floor of A Coach House in Chicago Illinois. He was told by the owner it was the only house that didn't burn in The Great Chicago Fire on that block.
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Great Chicago Fire of 1871
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Great Chicago Fire Pen $79.95 USD
This writing instrument is made of fine wood from the Great Chicago Fire.
Great Chicago Fire
Great Chicago Fire