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hate_Fakes 34M
1019 posts
10/9/2019 7:07 pm
Conflageration !



Legend has it on October 8, 1871 a cow, owned by Patrick and Catherine O’Leary at 137 DeKoven Street on the city’s southwest side.kicked over a lantern in the barn and started the fire. Other theories hold that humans or even a meteor might have been responsible for the event that left an area of about four miles long and almost a mile wide of the Windy City, including its business district, in ruins.



The summer had been exceptionally dry. Only 5" of rain dropped on the windy city from July 4th to October 10th. Many of the city's residents were loading in the wood & coal for use in the upcoming winter. Most of the buildings were wood framed or brick veneer over wood with a very loose and haphazard city building code. Add to this even many streets and sidewalks were made of creosote treated wooden blocks. On the Chicago river an oily sludge from the slaughter houses waste had built up without rain to flush it away. Even the streets and river burned aiding the spread of the fire.



The fire burned wildly throughout the following day,creating it's own fiery vortex (Tornadoes of fire) Finally coming under control on October 10, when rain gave a needed boost to firefighting efforts.



The Great Chicago Fire left an estimated 300 people dead and 100,000 others homeless. More than 17,000 structures were destroyed and damages were estimated at $200 million in 1871 dollars.



The disaster prompted an outbreak of looting and lawlessness. Companies of soldiers were summoned to Chicago and martial law was declared on October 11, ending three days of chaos. Martial law was lifted several weeks later.



In the aftermath of the fire , Joseph Medill (1823-99) was elected mayor after promising to institute stricter building and fire codes, a pledge that may have helped him win the office. His victory might also be attributable to the fact that most of the city’s voting records were destroyed in the fire, so it was next to impossible to keep people from voting more than once. (Typical Chicago style!) Following the blaze, reconstruction efforts began quickly and spurred great economic development and population growth



Despite the fire’s devastation, much of Chicago’s physical infrastructure, including its transportation systems, remained intact. Reconstruction efforts began quickly and spurred great economic development and population growth, as architects laid the foundation for a modern city featuring the world’s first skyscrapers. At the time of the fire, Chicago’s population was approximately 324,000; within nine years, there were some 500,000 Chicagoans. By 1890, the city was a major economic and transportation hub with an estimated population of more than 1 million people. (In America, only New York City had a larger population at the time.) In 1893, Chicago hosted the World’s Columbian Exposition, a tourist attraction visited by some 27.5 million people.



Today, the Chicago Fire Department training academy is located on the site of the O’Leary property where the Great Chicago Fire started. In 1997, the Chicago City Council passed a resolution exonerating Catherine O’Leary, an Irish immigrant who died in 1895, and her cow.

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hate_Fakes 34M
5907 posts
10/9/2019 7:12 pm

When driving into Chicago I first look for the tall gleaming white Tribune building


hate_Fakes 34M
5907 posts
10/9/2019 7:18 pm

A coating crack temporally closed the Skydeck at Chicago's Sear's tower where you may walk on a glass floor overlooking the city streets from the 103rd floor 1,353 feet in the air.


hate_Fakes 34M
5907 posts
10/9/2019 7:22 pm

The U-505 submarine has amazed Museum guests since 1954, and now has a captivating exhibit to match its scale and dramatic capture in the Chicago Museum of Science & Industry.


hate_Fakes 34M
5907 posts
10/9/2019 7:25 pm

No trip to Navy Pier is complete without a visit to Pier Park! Pier Park attractions include the amazing Centennial Wheel, the Pepsi Wave Swinger, carousel and more.


TMulidis90 28M
833 posts
10/9/2019 7:55 pm

    Quoting hate_Fakes:
    When driving into Chicago I first look for the tall gleaming white Tribune building
The town that Billy Sunday could not shut down......


TMulidis90 28M
833 posts
10/9/2019 7:57 pm

    Quoting hate_Fakes:
    A coating crack temporally closed the Skydeck at Chicago's Sear's tower where you may walk on a glass floor overlooking the city streets from the 103rd floor 1,353 feet in the air.
On State Street that great street I just want to say
They do things they don't do on Broadway...............


TMulidis90 28M
833 posts
10/9/2019 7:59 pm

    Quoting hate_Fakes:
    The U-505 submarine has amazed Museum guests since 1954, and now has a captivating exhibit to match its scale and dramatic capture in the Chicago Museum of Science & Industry.
Bet your bottom dollar you'll lose the blues
In Chicago..............


TMulidis90 28M
833 posts
10/9/2019 8:00 pm

    Quoting hate_Fakes:
    No trip to Navy Pier is complete without a visit to Pier Park! Pier Park attractions include the amazing Centennial Wheel, the Pepsi Wave Swinger, carousel and more.
They have the time the time of their life
I saw a man and he danced with his wife
In Chicago.................


TMulidis90 28M
833 posts
10/9/2019 8:05 pm

https://youtu.be/94kpYXGaEKY

Chicago

Chicago, Chicago, that toddlin' town
Chicago, Chicago, I will show you around
I love it
Bet your bottom dollar you'll lose the blues
In Chicago, Chicago
The town that Billy Sunday couldn't shut down
On State Street that great street I just want to say
They do things they don't do on Broadway
They have a time, the time of their life
I saw a man, he danced with his wife
In Chicago, Chicago my hometown
Chicago, Chicago, that toddlin' town
Chicago, Chicago, I'll show you around
I love it
Bet your bottom dollar you'll lose the blues
In Chicago, Chicago
The town that Billy Sunday couldn't shut down
On State Street that great street I just want to say
They do things that they don't do on Broadway
They have the time the time of their life
I saw a man and he danced with his wife
In Chicago
Chicago
Chicago, that's my hometown


hate_Fakes 34M
5907 posts
10/9/2019 8:05 pm

    Quoting TMulidis90:
    The town that Billy Sunday could not shut down......
Born into poverty in Iowa, Sunday spent some years at the Iowa Soldiers' Orphans' Home before working at odd jobs and playing for local running and baseball teams. His speed and agility provided him the opportunity to play baseball in the major leagues for eight years, where he was an average hitter and a good fielder known for his base-running.


hate_Fakes 34M
5907 posts
10/9/2019 8:07 pm

    Quoting TMulidis90:
    On State Street that great street I just want to say
    They do things they don't do on Broadway...............
There's nothing like a Helicopter ride long Chicago's Gold Coast. I posted pictures of Alex & my trip from one end to the other in a blog.


hate_Fakes 34M
5907 posts
10/9/2019 8:08 pm

    Quoting TMulidis90:
    Bet your bottom dollar you'll lose the blues
    In Chicago..............
We ate in a restaurant seated in Frank Sinatra's favorite table when he visited.


hate_Fakes 34M
5907 posts
10/9/2019 8:10 pm

    Quoting TMulidis90:
    They have the time the time of their life
    I saw a man and he danced with his wife
    In Chicago.................
The view from Centennial Wheel will stick in your mind forever.


hate_Fakes 34M
5907 posts
10/9/2019 8:14 pm

    Quoting TMulidis90:
    https://youtu.be/94kpYXGaEKY

    Chicago

    Chicago, Chicago, that toddlin' town
    Chicago, Chicago, I will show you around
    I love it
    Bet your bottom dollar you'll lose the blues
    In Chicago, Chicago
    The town that Billy Sunday couldn't shut down
    On State Street that great street I just want to say
    They do things they don't do on Broadway
    They have a time, the time of their life
    I saw a man, he danced with his wife
    In Chicago, Chicago my hometown
    Chicago, Chicago, that toddlin' town
    Chicago, Chicago, I'll show you around
    I love it
    Bet your bottom dollar you'll lose the blues
    In Chicago, Chicago
    The town that Billy Sunday couldn't shut down
    On State Street that great street I just want to say
    They do things that they don't do on Broadway
    They have the time the time of their life
    I saw a man and he danced with his wife
    In Chicago
    Chicago
    Chicago, that's my hometown
Chicago's Boystown, one of the most country’s inclusive LGBTQ+ communities, is the oldest officially recognized gay neighborhood in the United States. It’s known for its welcoming vibe, nonstop nightlife, LGBTQ-owned businesses, and excellent dining options. It’s also the center of some of Chicago’s most popular events and festivals. Located on Halsted Street from Belmont Avenue to Grace Street, the Legacy Walk commemorates LGBTQ+ heroes and historical events with colorful monuments.


jacederveloy86 33M
880 posts
10/9/2019 8:51 pm

I had an aunt who introduced me to my first tit.....and when I squeezed it too hard....there was a long low moan....."ohhhh Jace, not so hard...You remember what happened with Mrs. O'Leary's cow?" "No ma'am...who is Mrs. O'Leary?"

My introduction to Chicago in a barn in Leesville, LA, ....age 7....maybe.....


hate_Fakes 34M
5907 posts
10/9/2019 9:19 pm

    Quoting jacederveloy86:
    I had an aunt who introduced me to my first tit.....and when I squeezed it too hard....there was a long low moan....."ohhhh Jace, not so hard...You remember what happened with Mrs. O'Leary's cow?" "No ma'am...who is Mrs. O'Leary?"

    My introduction to Chicago in a barn in Leesville, LA, ....age 7....maybe.....
"Scientists now believe that the primary biological function of breasts is to make males stupid." ~ Dave Barry~ Now how do we insert the cow into this equation?


Hungr4Yungr 70M
4397 posts
10/9/2019 9:26 pm

WoW! Everything I wanted to know about Chicago history and its current day nightlife in Boystown, all in one posting. Thanks Bret. Excellent work on this.


hate_Fakes 34M
5907 posts
10/9/2019 9:32 pm

    Quoting Hungr4Yungr:
    WoW! Everything I wanted to know about Chicago history and its current day nightlife in Boystown, all in one posting. Thanks Bret. Excellent work on this.
Thank you! I may have to break each event down into a blog format enabling everyone to enjoy what the Windy City has to offer.


SwishNSwallow2 31M/34M  
1327 posts
10/9/2019 9:46 pm

    Quoting jacederveloy86:
    I had an aunt who introduced me to my first tit.....and when I squeezed it too hard....there was a long low moan....."ohhhh Jace, not so hard...You remember what happened with Mrs. O'Leary's cow?" "No ma'am...who is Mrs. O'Leary?"

    My introduction to Chicago in a barn in Leesville, LA, ....age 7....maybe.....
Bret, thanks for the background knowledge on the fire origins.

Jace, Ricky is still giggling here!
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jrodd 60M
3037 posts
10/9/2019 10:12 pm

Looks like the entire USA after the red button push by a Trumphet man!


hate_Fakes 34M
5907 posts
10/9/2019 11:33 pm

    Quoting SwishNSwallow2:
    Bret, thanks for the background knowledge on the fire origins.

    Jace, Ricky is still giggling here!
    [image]
The "meteor" theory made me chuckle, however, there are always a few tinfoil hats laying around in Chicago.


hate_Fakes 34M
5907 posts
10/9/2019 11:35 pm

    Quoting jrodd:
    Looks like the entire USA after the red button push by a Trumphet man!
Just in case you missed Theory of Modern Warfare" 101... World War 3 will be fought in the skies over Canada.... You have a ring side seat.