Chicago Homestead with Cows

Chicago Homestead with Cows American History Social Studies STEM Tragedies and Triumphs Nineteenth Century Life

When Catherine O'Leary and her family lived on Chicago's DeKoven Street, she had five cows which grazed in the yard.  That was common for near-South-Side Chicago dwellers - like the O'Learys - before the Great Fire of 1871. 

Owners relied on their living-within-the-city animals for fresh milk and eggs.  They could either consume the products themselves or sell them to their neighbors.   

This photo, circa 1870, depicts such a homestead within Chicago's city limits.  It may actually be a view of the O'Leary residence or, more likely, a similar property.

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Image of Chicago homestead, circa 1870, online courtesy Chicago History Museum.


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