SYSK Selects: Did a cow start the Great Chicago Fire?


Who started the Great Chicago Fire? Chicago History Museum/Getty Images
Who started the Great Chicago Fire? Chicago History Museum/Getty Images

In this week's SYSK Select episode, Josh and Chuck find who's probably to blame for the Great Chicago Fire. The newspapers of the day reported that a cow (or perhaps its owner) was responsible for a fire that burned half of Chicago in 1871. Yet in 1997 Mrs. O'Leary and her cow were exonerated.