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The cause of the fire may have also been a femme fatale named Mame, who’s “kiss burned Chicago down.”

Peggy Lee sings Put the Blame on Mame on the Andy Williams Show in October of 1966.

The song was originally written for Rita Hayworth’s most famous character in her title role as Gilda in 1946.

The legend of Mrs. O’ Leary’s cow being the cause for the Great Chicago Fire has permeated the popular culture to the point that it is accepted as fact by most. 

But did you know the real reason the fire started is because of Superman’s dog, Krypto, aka Superdog? 

Click the image to enlarge.

The legend of Mrs. O’ Leary’s cow being the cause for the Great Chicago Fire has permeated the popular culture to the point that it is accepted as fact by most.

But did you know the real reason the fire started is because of Superman’s dog, Krypto, aka Superdog?

Click the image to enlarge.

Today marks the 143rd anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, where over 3.3 square miles of the city burned, leaving more than 300 people dead and over 100,000 people homeless.

Despite being, at the time, one of the worst natural distasters in US history, the will and spirit of the people of Chicago prevailed. By some accounts, ships bearing lumber to rebuild the city were already entering the mouth of the river as the embers were still smoldering three days later.

The first image shows the city before the fire and the second shows the conflagration spread from 157 DeKoven St, north to North Ave.

The third photo is a very detailed image of what we now call the Loop, taken from Franklin between Lake and Randolph, looking east, in the days after the fire. Note that rebuilding had already begun.

Click the photo to enlarge, or to see an even higher resolution version, go to this link: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1b/Attributed_to_George_N._Barnard_-_Untitled_%28Chicago_after_the_Chicago_Fire%29_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg

Greenview and Fargo, Rogers Park, 1910, Chicago

Using Google Street View can be interesting. The modern photo includes a police stop-and-frisk in action.

Prairie Ave, south of 60th, 1909, Chicago

Wilson and Broadway, 1908, Chicago.

The building that currently serves as the Wilson Red Line stop was built in 1923 and will soon undergo a much needed renovation.

Michigan Ave, north from 37th, 1908, Chicago

Dearborn, north from Chicago Ave, 1908, Chicago

Adams, east of Leavitt, 1908, Chicago

North on State to Randolph, 1963, Chicago

What’s interesting here is that the same film, Cleopatra, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, is showing at both the Chicago Theater and the State and Lake Theater. Demand must have been high!

North on State to Randolph, 1963, Chicago

What’s interesting here is that the same film, Cleopatra, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, is showing at both the Chicago Theater and the State and Lake Theater. Demand must have been high!

Martinis at the Allerton’s Tip-Top-Tap, looking south on Michigan Ave, 1959, Chicago

Martinis at the Allerton’s Tip-Top-Tap, looking south on Michigan Ave, 1959, Chicago

Looking north on Wabash from Harrison, 1955, Chicago

All the neon!

Looking north on Wabash from Harrison, 1955, Chicago

All the neon!

Lake and Dearborn, 1953, Chicago.

Lake and Dearborn, 1953, Chicago.

Bridge up on Michigan Ave, 1952, Chicago

Bridge up on Michigan Ave, 1952, Chicago