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.
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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