Posts tagged great chicago fire

The south east corner of Clark and Randolph, pre-fire,1865, Chicago.

The south east corner of Clark and Randolph, pre-fire,1865, Chicago.

Smoldering coal embers burn on the north side of the Chicago River’s east branch in the days after the Great Fire, 1871, Chicago.

Smoldering coal embers burn on the north side of the Chicago River’s east branch in the days after the Great Fire, 1871, Chicago.

Before and after photos of the Great Fire, looking south on Wabash from Jackson, 1871, Chicago.

Before and after photos of the Great Fire, looking south on Wabash from Jackson, 1871, Chicago.

Dearborn and Madison (with the skeleton of the Chicago Tribune ) 1871, Chicago.
If you’re looking for Carl, he’s gone where the woodbine twineth.
Update: Thanks to johnnypayphone.tumblr.com for noting that “where the woodbine twineth” was a euphemism used at the time to designate one “going to the bathroom” as woodbine was often planted along outhouses to mask the smell. A quick google search finds a lot of references to the once popular saying, which could also mean “being buried in a graveyard” or “lost.” There was also an episode of the Alfred Hitchcock Hour named as such.

Dearborn and Madison (with the skeleton of the Chicago Tribune ) 1871, Chicago.

If you’re looking for Carl, he’s gone where the woodbine twineth.

Update: Thanks to johnnypayphone.tumblr.com for noting that “where the woodbine twineth” was a euphemism used at the time to designate one “going to the bathroom” as woodbine was often planted along outhouses to mask the smell. A quick google search finds a lot of references to the once popular saying, which could also mean “being buried in a graveyard” or “lost.” There was also an episode of the Alfred Hitchcock Hour named as such.

The first Chicago Tribune building, south east corner of Dearborn and Madison, 1869, Chicago.

The first Chicago Tribune building, south east corner of Dearborn and Madison, 1869, Chicago.

It’s Chicago Day at the Columbian Exposition!, 1893, Chicago.
On this date, chosen to commemorate the anniversary of the Great Fire, the fair would break records with over 715,000 people visiting the grounds in one day.
"The World United at Chicago"

It’s Chicago Day at the Columbian Exposition!, 1893, Chicago.

On this date, chosen to commemorate the anniversary of the Great Fire, the fair would break records with over 715,000 people visiting the grounds in one day.

"The World United at Chicago"

N Michigan Ave (then called Pine St), shortly after the fire, 1871, Chicago.

N Michigan Ave (then called Pine St), shortly after the fire, 1871, Chicago.

Ruins of St. Joseph’s, Chicago at Rush, 1871, Chicago.
I love this photo for the fact that you can see the photographer’s shadow.

Ruins of St. Joseph’s, Chicago at Rush, 1871, Chicago.

I love this photo for the fact that you can see the photographer’s shadow.

141 years ago today marks start of the Great Fire which would lay the city in ruin.
Here is a shot looking north from what is now the curve on Wacker just west of Wabash, October 1871.

141 years ago today marks start of the Great Fire which would lay the city in ruin.

Here is a shot looking north from what is now the curve on Wacker just west of Wabash, October 1871.

Corner of State and Madison after the fire, 1871, Chicago.

Corner of State and Madison after the fire, 1871, Chicago.

Lake Street before and after the Great Fire, 1871, Chicago.

Lake Street before and after the Great Fire, 1871, Chicago.

Immediately after the Great Fire in 1871, temporary buildings were built on the east side of Michigan Ave as the rest of the city rose from the ashes.
This is looking north east from Adams.

Immediately after the Great Fire in 1871, temporary buildings were built on the east side of Michigan Ave as the rest of the city rose from the ashes.

This is looking north east from Adams.

The main builiding of the prestigious St. Ignatius College Prep at 1076 W Roosevelt is one of 5 existing buildings in Chicago to have survived the Great Fire. It was built in 1869.

The main builiding of the prestigious St. Ignatius College Prep at 1076 W Roosevelt is one of 5 existing buildings in Chicago to have survived the Great Fire. It was built in 1869.

While at the Old Town Art Fair this weekend, I made a point to stop by and see one of the few remaining Shelter Homes, which were built after the Great Fire in 1871. This little guy is at 206 W Menomonee, just off Wells. 
At one point, thousands of these homes served as temporary dwellings while residents rebuilt the city. 
Anyone know of any others that exist?

While at the Old Town Art Fair this weekend, I made a point to stop by and see one of the few remaining Shelter Homes, which were built after the Great Fire in 1871. This little guy is at 206 W Menomonee, just off Wells. 

At one point, thousands of these homes served as temporary dwellings while residents rebuilt the city. 

Anyone know of any others that exist?

The city in ruins, 1871, Chicago.

The city in ruins, 1871, Chicago.