Chicago Fire


The Great Chicago Fire

Bigelow House, Looking North, 1871

Bigelow House, Looking North, 1871. (photo by G.N. Barnard)

Situated at the southwest corner of Dearborn and Adams Streets, the Bigelow House was handsomely furnished and ready to open on October 9, 1871. Unfortunately, the fire intervened, making a total ruin not only of the building but also of its proprietor's finances.

Van Buren Street Bridge, 1871

Van Buren Street Bridge, 1871. (photo by G.N. Barnard)

After the fire, all travel between the east and west sides of the river was done by way of Twelfth Street, which became congested with vehicles and pedestrians. All railroad trains on the South Side stopped at Twenty-second Street, two miles south of their usual terminus.



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