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CITIES ON FIRE
THE GREAT CHICAGO FIRE OF 1871
Now one knows how the fire started in the cow barn at the rear of the Patrick O’Leary cottage at 137 DeKoven Street on Chicago’s West Side. The blaze began about 9 p.m. on Sunday, October 8, 1871. 300 Chicagoans were dead, 90.000 homeless and the property loss was $ 200 million.
Below you find two stereoview pairs. The give a “before and after” look.
Before: Field, Lieter & Company Retail Store
After: the devastated store ruins
Before: New England Congregational Church
After: same church
THE BOSTON FIRE OF NOVEMBER 9 AND 10, 1872
The fire started downtown and immediately spread through the city. The Fire department was not able to respond in time, because all 90 fire horses were down, due to an epidemic horse disease. The heavy steam engines, weighing 3 to 10 tons each, had to be pulled by hand. The delay helped the fire to destroy 800 buildings. 13 firefighters we killed, 20.000 people were jobless and damage was $ 75 million.
Peaceful Winter Panorama from City Hall
Same spot, but now after the fire. Below you see rebuilding activities.
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Pearl Street Leather Factories
What was left. Mind the wooden signs that tell where what building once was.
THE GREAT 1906 SAN FRANCISCO EARTHQUAKE AND FIRE
At 5:12 AM on April 18, 1906 California ground broke open for more than 270 miles The quake lasted only a minute but caused the worst natural disaster in the nation's history. Modern analysis estimates it registered 8.25 on the Richter scale. 3000 people were killed, 225.000 injured and the property damage came up to 400 million dollars.
This is San Francisco’s Busy Market Street in 1901
From the same spot, this is San Francisco’s Market Street in 1906
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