The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 burned for three days and killed nearly 300 people. In the aftermath of the destruction, blame was placed on a cow owned by local resident Catherine O’Leary. The cow kicked over a lantern, the story goes, which started the fire and burned roughly three square miles of the city. This tale continues to be told today, despite the fact that it just isn’t true. The story was invented by a journalist who simply wanted attention, and in the anti-Irish community of Chicago ... [Continue Reading]
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