This is a relic of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and saved by a Chicagoan as a reminder of the destruction.
This piece helps document the Great Chicago Fire and its place in Chicago memory. The fire started on October 8, 1871 and burned for 36 hours. It destroyed three and a halfmiles of the city and killed at least 300 Chicagoans. After the fire, people saved small items like this to remember the momentous event.