Great Fire of 1871 - CIVIL RESTRICTIONS

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To protect Chicago's citizens from being overcharged for their daily needs—such as the price of bread—the mayor (R.B. Mason) issued this broadside outlining a new city Ordinance which took effect on October 10, 1871. Click on the image for a better view. Image online via Chicago Historical Society.


The Mayor and city officials passed ordinances to protect citizens against against price gouging.  Drastic measures were also taken to limit general civil unrest and looting.

Instituting a ban against smoking, the Mayor prepared a handwritten note banning all pipes and cigars until water service was restored. And ... he meant it.

Soldiers guarded the city in an effort to maintain security. Such measures had the backing of Chicago’s shattered citizens. The Mayor also ordered that all saloons close by 8 p.m. Whenever his directives were violated, soldiers closed down the offending establishments.

Cities around America (and elsewhere - such as London) rallied to help the people of Chicago. The city was rebuilt to even greater glory.

But ... no one thought much about the poor souls in Peshtigo where the Great Fire had been much more deadly.

And ... no one thought much about the fire victims in Michigan whose stories were largely unknown throughout the rest of the country.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5190stories and lessons created

Original Release: Sep 01, 2002

Updated Last Revision: Jun 29, 2019

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