This horseshoe was damaged in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871
This horseshoe survived the Great Chicago Fire. Hot enough to melt iron, the fire destroyed entire buildings and led to the deaths of nearly 300 Chicagoans. After the fire ended, when the smoldering piles of rubble cooled off, work crews and ordinary residents began the long process of cleaning up. They found everyday items, such as this horseshoe, and saved them as reminders of the tragic event.