Chicago Fire, September 15, 1859


“The Great Fire in Chicago, Illinois, September 15, 1859.”  From Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper.  New York: October 1, 1859.  7 x 9 1/4.  Wood engraving.

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Illustrated newspapers, like that published by Frank Leslie, made their name by issuing first-hand drawings of events that took place around the country within just days.  This image, issued just over two weeks after the event, shows the ruins of a “great fire” at Chicago on September 15, 1859.  The ruins of the Washington House hotel is shown still burning.