Lords of the White City: Burnham and Root

The tale of Burnham and Root begins with an ornery bovine.

On the cold, dry night of October 8, 1871, Mrs. O’Leary’s lit lantern rested on her barn’s hay-covered floor on the outskirts of Chicago. The lantern’s dim light provided a warm glow as she milked her cow. An errant kick from the cantankerous beast toppled the lantern and sparked a Great Fire that ravaged Chicago, as the story goes.

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Image © Bettmann/CORBIS

At least that’s the lore.

In reality, Catherine O’Leary was already in bed when that fire sparked in her barn.
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Top 13 Halloween Songs

Lock the doors, close the blinds, and prepare for the scare of your life. We are counting down the top 13 Halloween songs that are sure to make your night of fright a little more fun!

Dead Man’s Party – Oingo Boingo

Oingo Boingo’s front man Danny Elfman knows a thing or two about spooky music. The longtime Tim Burton collaborator penned some of the most iconic Halloween-season movie scores, including Edward Scissorhands and Beetlejuice. Elfman’s band, Oingo Boingo, released Dead Man’s Party in 1985 which is the same year Elfman was invited to write the score for Burton’s classic Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, the first in a still-growing list of collaborations.

Monster Mash – Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers

Released in 1962, The Crypt-Kickers weren’t the first to corner the spooky pop music market, but few songs remain as revered. Just listening to this song feels like you are weaving your way through a haunted sock hop.

The song, which took a great deal of luck to even get produced, rocketed to the top of the charts and remained at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks just before Halloween in 1962.
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Secret Stairs Walk 42 – Murphy Ranch

We found and scaled the largest, most dangerous staircase in Los Angeles tucked away on forgotten paths in the forest of Topanga State Park. Knowing full well we could have easily died, we dared to enjoy what few will ever get to see.

It’s days like this that feel therapeutic. Engaging every fiber of your being. The whole of your attention consumed by this moment. Nothing better.

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