Authors Discussion & Signing: Alex Buckholder & John Hogan

This will be the second visit from Alex Buckholder and John Hogan to Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore for their latest book Forgotten Fires Of Chicago: The Lake Michigan Inferno and a Century of Flame .


 Chicago's war against cinder, flame and smoke did not end with the Great Fire of 1871. That conflagration was only one engagement in a ceaseless and often unrecognized conflict, fought in the most unlikely places. In 1909, fire ripped through the dynamite room of a staging facility one and a half miles off the Lake Michigan shoreline, transforming the pipe-laying operation into a raging inferno. During the World's Columbian Exposition, thousands of fairgoers watched in horror as twelve firefighters were trapped in a blazing ice warehouse. An operagoer left a smoking bomb under his seat at the Auditorium Theater in 1917, and the newly invented smoke ejector arrived too late to save firemen and laborers cut off in a sewer in 1931. Join John Hogan and Alex Burkholder for the history of these forgotten fires and the heroes who fight them.

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Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

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7419 Madison St.
60130-1502 Forest Park
Forgotten Fires of Chicago: The Lake Michigan Inferno and a Century of Flame (Disaster) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781626197473
Availability: Backordered
Published: History Press (SC) - November 11th, 2014

Fire Strikes the Chicago Stock Yards: A History of Flame and Folly in the Jungle Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609499075
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Published: History Press (SC) - February 12th, 2013

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