In January of 2014 we offered a look at what Chicago looked like before the great fire. It includes an interactive map where locations are linked to a photo of what that spot looked like. Pretty neat you can check it out here.
A year before in January of 2013 we had one of our more poplar posts which was also fire related. In it there was a map showing the extent of the fire and then an exploration of the theory that the Chicago fire was part of a larger series of blazes across the midwest touched off by a meteor shower. You can read that post by clicking here.
Now on to more current business. Earlier this year while wandering around Chicago's Old Town neighborhood I came across one of the fire relief cottages. These were meant to be temporary structures to house the tens of thousands of homeless that the fire produced. For a hundred bucks you got some land as well as the plans and materials to build these small cottages. Kind of a 19th century version of the Katrina mobile homes. At any rate this little pace is one of last ones left.