Ruins of Chicago, Looking East Towards The Lake


A sweeping view of Chicago’s devastation a month after the Great Fire in 1871.

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This woodcut panorama was issued in the November 11, 1871 edition of the Illustrated London News, almost exactly a month after the Great Fire that burned over three square miles of Chicago and left 1/3 of its residents homeless.

The devastation was almost complete, as seen in the image, though reconstruction efforts would begin almost immediately. Much of the rubble was pushed into Lake Michigan to create additional real estate as landfill, and the city’s railroads and wharves were soon abuzz with activity. The sheet also shows two views of naval siege operations on the River Medway in Kent.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1871

Author: Illustrated London News

Sheet Width (in): 21.50

Sheet Height (in): 15.50

Condition: A-

Condition Description: Faint wear and extraneous creasing along the vertical centerfold, and a few small tears along the extreme outer edges. Near fine condition overall.


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