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by David Lowe

Definitive treatment of 1871 fire — one of the greatest disasters in American history — includes eyewitness accounts and before-and-after illustrations. 70 photographs and engravings.
Download The Great Chicago Fire epub
ISBN: 0486237710
ISBN13: 978-0486237718
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas
Author: David Lowe
Language: English
Publisher: Dover Publications (March 1, 1979)
Pages: 87 pages
ePUB size: 1495 kb
FB2 size: 1628 kb
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 684
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Found this to be an excellent retelling of 'The Great Calamity' as the Great Chicago Fire was called back in the day. Offers a street by street description of how the insatiable fire travelled from the West Side, jumping two rivers due to a strong prairie wind, to the South Side and finally the North. Plenty of great photos, sketches and survivor stories of how the exhausted fire fighters tried in vain to contain it.
good read like the pictures makes reading real. thanks
I purchased a copy of this book when I was in Chicago a few years back and finally had a chance to read it. The book is a Dover reprint of Reminiscences of Chicago During the Great Fire, which was originally published in 1915. David Garrard Lowe does a fine job of putting this compilation of accounts of the fire into context. The individuals that provided the first-hand accounts witnessed different aspects of the Great Fire and Chicago residents to it, and this is one of the great strengths of a book such as this: the event took place over such a large area that no one or two people could possibly provide an accurate, detailed account of everything that transpired that fateful night.

Dover is to be commended for continuing to publish reprints of out-of-print books such as this, as well as the reprints of musical scores that they offer, and so on. Because of the time period of the fire--1871--the individual accounts are written in what might be called Victorian-ese, the U.S. English of the Victorian period. The florid language of that time period certainly is not what we are used to today, but it gives these accounts a sense of time and place that would be missing from a present-day retelling of the events that followed after Mrs. O'Leary's cow (supposedly) started one of the greatest disasters in U.S. history.
This is a very informative book about the Chicago fire with pictures. I enjoyed it!