Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Water Street Fire of 1857


All of Chicago's red light districts were commonly known as "Levees," even those that were nowhere near the river, such as the famous South side Levee centered around the Everleigh Club at Dearborn and 22nd. The name was adopted from the shady areas in towns along the Mississippi, typically near the river, where seaborne men would find brothels and gambling houses during a furlough.

However, from time to time, riverfront property in Chicago did become the home to houses of ill-repute, including one located on the second floor of a brick warehouse situated at 109 South Water Street (now 35 W. Wacker). As a harbinger of fires to come, in 1857, one of the women working at this location kicked over a lantern, leading to a massive conflagration in which twenty-three died, although all of the brothel employees escaped unharmed.

As a result, political pressure led to the formation one month later, of the Citizens Fire Brigade, a group of insurance and business interests who acted to remove valuables from burning buildings and prevent post-fire looting. Another consequence of the fire of 1857 was the formation, less than one year later, of Chicago's first paid fire department (previously, all firemen were volunteers).

2 comments:

Caillo Lisa said...

This is another testimony on how Chief Dr Lucky cured my HIV disease. Do you need a cure for your HIV disease? Do you want to be cured from your cancer disease? Or you want to be free from any type of disease. Kindly visit his website https://chiefdrluckyherbaltherapy.wordpress.com/ . He just cured my HIV disease and I’m very grateful to him, he is the only herbalist that can cure you.  
WhatsApp number : +2348132777335 
Via Email : chiefdrlucky@gmail.com
Thank you all for reading,
God bless"

Anonymous said...

Tony Accardo Places:1)2724N MeadAv 2)428S James 3)Mton av 4)129 blueIsl av 5)560Harrison 6)1356 Harrison 7)1000Grand av 8)1353Grand av 9)4949 Diversey 10)5724 Mead 11)1319Broadway(melrosepk) 12)1511 Taylor 13)1431 N Ashland 14)931 LakeSt 15)1402 Monroe av 16) 1117 calif 17) 14BonnieBrae 18)1020 Harlem 19)914 Franklin av (riverForrest) 20) 1407 ashland 21)armory 7427 RooseveltRd 22) villaVenice 2855 Milw Av 23)RIverRdMotel5400RiverRd(THUNDERBIRD MOTEL/ThunderboltMotel )24)madigan saloon 5613 W Roosevelt Rd. 25)4Deuces 2222 Wabash av 26) Lexington Hotel 2135 S. Michigan Avenue 27) CongressHotel 520 Michigan Frank Nitto Places:914 Halsted /1208 Lexington chicago. Paul RIcca Delucia 1) 917 blue Isl av 2)905 Halsted 3)4920 Monroe 4)812Lathrop(riverForrest 5)1515 BonnieBrae RiverForrest. Jack McGurn/Vincent Gebardi (stepfather Angelo Demory 1) grocery store morgan st/blue Isl ave 2)Mcgurn mother Josephine 622 S Morgan St./630morgan 3)1114 Kenilworth Oakpark (giancana1100 Wenonah Oakpark) Joe Esposito 850 Halsted .HullHouse 806 Halsted.GennafamilyGang 1)854 blue Isl ave /1119 blue Isl ave 2)1022 Taylor St chicago.