Souvenir paperweight modeled in Fort Dearborn sentinel house with red roof. Marked along the sides of the base: SOUVENIR/CENTURY OF PROGRESS/ CHICAGO 1933; FORT DEARBORN MASSACRE/Aug. 15, 1812; FORT DEARBORN/ERECTED 1803; FINAL DESTRUCTION/CHICAGO FIRE, Oct. 9, 1871.
A souvenir model paperweight from the Century of Progress Fair in 1933, this paperweight is modeled on the Fort Dearborn Sentinel House
The 1933 date on the model marks the city's centennial. Fort Dearborn is considered an iconic part of Chicago History and it symbolized as one of the stars on Chicago's offical municipal flag.
This metal souvenir paperweight model from the Century of Progress Fair in 1933 depicts the Fort Dearborn Sentinel House. In August 1812, the American force evacuated Fort Dearborn and was attacked along the lakeshore by Native Americans as the contingent began its journey to Fort Wayne. After this attack, known as the Fort Dearborn Massacre, Native Americans burned the fort and the area was sparsly inhabited until 1816 when the U.S. army returned to rebuild. Soldiers and traders returned to the area. The new fort was the center for military activity during the Black Hawk War, and area residents took refuge there as well. By 1840, the fort had outlived its military usefulness, but it was not demolished until 1857.