This is a 17 slide, highly animated, power point presentations on Disasters & Events that Shaped America - The Great Chicago Fire. Each of the presentation slides are editable so you can change it to fit your individual needs.
The Great Chicago Fire destroyed a major American city, making it one of the great disasters of the 19th century. And while the famous story of Mrs. O’Leary’s cow starting the blaze by kicking over a lantern is most likely not true, that legend stuck in the public mind and holds fast to this day.
Other theories hold that humans or even a meteor might have been responsible for the event that destroyed an area 4 miles long and almost 1 mile wide. The fire that destroyed Chicago raged from Sunday night, October 8, 1871 until the early hours of Tuesday, October 10, 1871. In approximately 30 hours at least 300 people had been killed, 17,000+ structures had been destroyed, causing an estimated $200 million in damages.
Despite the fire’s devastation, much of Chicago’s physical infrastructure, including its transportation systems, remained intact. Reconstruction efforts began quickly and spurred great economic development in earnest and population growth, as architects laid the foundation for a modern city featuring the world’s first skyscrapers.
At the time of the fire, Chicago’s population was approximately 324,000; within 9 years, there were some 500,000 Chicagoans. By 1890, the city was a major economic and transportation hub with an estimated population of more than 1 million people.
Mrs. O'Leary and the cow were later exonerated!
The presentation covers the following:
Death & Destruction
Construction & Fire Codes
Fire Spreads Quickly
The Inferno Grows
The Fire Is Put Out
Impact of the Destruction
The O’Leary Cow Legend
End of Presentation
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