The Chicago Fire of 1871 began near the corner of DeKoven and Jefferson streets. At that site today stands a statue and plaque commemorating the fire, and the Chicago Fire Academy.
The plaque in this picture reads:
"Site of the Origin of the Chicago Fire of 1871
"The great Chicago fire began October 8, 1871, in the O'Leary barn on DeKoven Street. Fanned by a strong wind, in a city largely built of wood structures, the blaze raged for nearly 30 hours. Flames spread as far north as Fullerton Avenue before finally dying out in the early morning rain, Tuesday, October 10. Almost everything in the path of the fire had been destroyed.
"Designated a Chicago Landmark on September 15, 1971, by the City Council of Chicago
"Richard J. Daley, Mayor
"Commission on Chicago Historical and Architectural Landmarks"