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Symbolic of the general impression of pre-fire Chicago is the O’Leary cottage. This view was taken from the rear after the 1871 Fire.
Published in Chicago Tribune, April 3, 1938
The O’Leary property, after the Fire. At the time, farm animals were commonly kept within city limits to provide their owners with fresh milk, butter, eggs, and other products to eat or sell.
The Cottage of Patrick and Catherine O’Leary
J. H. Abbott, Stereograph, 1871