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The O’Leary Home, Still Standing

Even though the city-destroying fire started in their barn, the O’Leary’s’ home managed to survive unscathed.

The Cow Did It

One of several graphic images placing the blame for the fire on Mrs. O’Leary and her cow

From Scapegoat to Icon

Norman Rockwell’s painting of Mrs. O’Leary and her cow

Before and After

Images of Booksellers Row on State Street


This illustration appeared in Harpers Magazine shortly after the fire.

“Chicago in Flames”

This artist was as interested in the reaction of the public as in the fire itself.

A Child’s Account

This young boy provided an illustrated account of his family’s attempt to protect their home.

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