Between October 8 and October 10, 1871, the Great Fire slashed its way through Chicago, costing $200 Million, destroying 3.3 square miles of city, killing 300 people, and leaving 100,000 residents homeless. Unfortunately, this wasn’t an isolated incident. For years, city-dwelling Americans lived in fear of the fires that so often ravaged our nation’s cities (twice in New Orleans).
But what does the Great Chicago Fire have to do with New Orleans?
To this day, a single relic remains in Mid-City of the prevention methods New Orleans – and many other cities had put in place by this time – that Chicago opted out of.