A few excellent resources to kick start (no pun intended) research on the Chicago Fire of 1871. Spoiler alert! Mrs. O’Leary’s cow is not to blame…
- Chicago Fire of 1871: http://www.history.com/topics/great-chicago-fire
- The Great Chicago Fire and the Web of Memory/Chicago History Museum: http://www.greatchicagofire.org/
- Did a Cow Really Cause the Chicago Fire? http://mentalfloss.com/article/12864/did-cow-really-cause-great-chicago-fire
- Chicago Fire Newspaper Collection 1871-1909/University of Chicago Library (finding aid) https://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/scrc/findingaids/view.php?eadid=ICU.SPCL.FIRENEWS
- Sawislak, Karen. Smoldering City: Chicagoans and the Great Fire, 1871-1874. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995.
- Lowe, David, ed. The Great Chicago Fire: In Eyewitness Accounts and Seventy Contemporary Photographs and Illustrations. New York: Dover Publications, 1979.
- Sheahan, James W. and Upton, George P. The great conflagration : Chicago: its past, present and future : embracing a detailed narrative of the great conflagration in the north, south, and west divisions…Union Publishing Co., 1872.