What started the Great Chicago Fire? Cause unknown

What started the Great Chicago Fire?




Cause unknown

While the blame for the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 is routinely placed at the foot – or hooves, as the case may be – of a cow owned by Patrick and Catherine O’Leary, the story of this alleged bovine arsonist may have been exaggerated.




While it is acknowledged that the fire did start in or around a barn owned by the O’Learys on Oct. 8, 1971, the O’Learys strenuously insisted a cow was not to blame. More likely, the combination of an exceedingly warm, dry season and the city’s primarily wooden infrastructure combined to turn Chicago into an almost-literal powderkeg. Source: History.com

The Great Chicago Fire was a conflagration that burned from Sunday, October 8, to early Tuesday, October 10, 1871. Dates: 8 Oct 1871 – 10 Oct 1871. Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States




Chicago, on Lake Michigan in Illinois, is among the largest cities in the U.S. Famed for its bold architecture, it has a skyline punctuated by skyscrapers such as the iconic John Hancock Center, 1,451-ft. Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) and the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower. The city is also renowned for its museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago with its noted Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works.