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Cover of C. C. Hine, Mrs. Leary's Cow:  A Legend of Chicago, 1872 (ichi-64228)

Cover of C. C. Hine, Mrs. Leary's Cow: A Legend of Chicago, 1872 (ichi-64228)

What (or Who) Caused the Great Chicago Fire? | History | Smithsonian

What (or Who) Caused the Great Chicago Fire?

Families fled the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 on foot with what they could. One little boy drew this carefully labeled depiction of his family’s escape. He is pictured at the end leading the family goat. ICHi-63792

Families fled the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 on foot with what they could. One little boy drew this carefully labeled depiction of his family’s escape. He is pictured at the end leading the family goat. ICHi-63792

A detail of the study for the Great Chicago Fire cyclorama. Oil on canvas, 1892. Gift of Mr. H. H. Gross through Mr. Frank G. Logan, 1905.18. Chicago History Museum collection, ICHi-68310.

A detail of the study for the Great Chicago Fire cyclorama. Oil on canvas, 1892. Gift of Mr. H. H. Gross through Mr. Frank G. Logan, 1905.18. Chicago History Museum collection, ICHi-68310.

Fire Diorama; Digital Photograph, 2011 | The Great Chicago Fire & The Web of Memory

Fire Diorama; Digital Photograph, 2011 | The Great Chicago Fire & The Web of Memory

Chicago, the Metropolis of the North West; Louis Kurz, Lithograph, 1864 (ichi-05769)

Chicago, the Metropolis of the North West; Louis Kurz, Lithograph, 1864 (ichi-05769)

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