Did the Great Chicago Fire really start with Mrs. O'Leary's cow?


The Great Chicago Fire as illustrated in Harper's Weekly, 1871 Public domain

In all of history, no cow is more infamous than Mrs. O'Leary's. The farm animals was accused of kicking over a lantern and starting the Great Chicago Fire on Oct. 8, 1871. Check out our HowStuffWorks article to learn whether this story is fact or fiction.

Topics in this Podcast: U.S. history, Chicago, fires, Chicago and Peshtigo fires, 19th century, myths, disasters, American history