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Old Town and The Great Fire (#3)

 
 
Old Town and The Great Fire (#3) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 28, 2011
1. Old Town and The Great Fire (#3) Marker
Inscription. On October 7, 1871, the Great Fire of Chicago started on the south side of the city and continued north. As the fire approached Old Town, the bells of St. Michael’s Church began to toll. The walls of church survived, but the interior was destroyed. The church bells melted in the intense heat. Much of the Old Town neighborhood was destroyed. As Chicago began to rebuild, wealthy families from the south and west sides of the city began moving into the area. With the neighborhood’s population and economic status changing, the area became known as North Town. (Marker Number 3.)
 
Location. 41° 54.497′ N, 87° 38.071′ W. Marker is in Chicago, Illinois, in Cook County. Marker is on Wells Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1414 Wells Street, Chicago IL 60610, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Early Prominent Residents of Old Town (#2) (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Town’s Entrepreneur Spirit (#1) (approx. 0.2 miles away); Second City (approx. 0.2 miles away); Catholic Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Churchill Corner (approx. 0.3 miles
Old Town and The Great Fire (#3) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 28, 2011
2. Old Town and The Great Fire (#3) Marker
away); Henry Gerber House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Couch Tomb (approx. 0.4 miles away); Abraham Lincoln Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Chicago.
 
Also see . . .  The Great Chicago Fire - Wikipedia. (Submitted on September 26, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 626 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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