Lead: Yes, it's true. The cow did kick over a lantern and Chicago went up in flames.
Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts
Content: In the fall of 1871 the city of Chicago was the focus of enormous amount of political activity, the junction of numerous railroads, home of countless commercial enterprises. The city was young and brash and rich, an exciting place to be, and in that October lay along the shores of Lake Michigan, a ready victim for one of the largest municipal fires in American history.
On Saturday the 7th of October, a fire between Clinton St. and the River had destroyed nearly a million dollars worth of property, The fire department had finally extinguished it but though it was the largest thus far witnessed in Chicago, it was just a preview of what was to follow.