Mrs. O'Leary's Comet: Cosmic Causes of the Great Chicago Fire
Did Mrs O'Leary's cow cause the fire? Or was it something different, something much bigger? Mel Waskin explores the bigger possibility -- that the Chicago Fire was caused by the earth's collision with a comet. He draws on a wide range of sources, from speculations on catastrophism to astronomical observations to eyewitness accounts of the fateful night in Chicago, and in Wisconsin and Michigan, where companion fires blazed.
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