Wednesday, July 23, 2008

photo 13: site of fort dearborn at michigan and wacker

August 15, 1812 was a terrible no good very bad day to be a settler in Chicago. According to the ever-reliable Wikipedia, the Potawatomi sacked the white man not at the fort itself, but at a location 1.5 miles south at what is now the intersection of Prairie & 18th. Then they set the fort on fire. I recommend listening to Sarah Vowell's story on This American Life about how you can see the entire history of the Unites States by standing on the corner of Michigan and Wacker. The story also appears in essay-form in her book Take the Cannoli.