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On this date in 1871:
No, a cow does not kick over a lantern, but the barn behind Patrick O'Leary's cottage at 137 DeKoven St. bursts into flames that swiftly spread to engulf almost four square miles in the heart of Chicago, destroying the entire downtown overnight. Real estate prices explode, capital pours into the city, and Chicago is reborn as the 'city of the big shoulders,' with skyscrapers of brick and stone.
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Today is a partial holiday [Columbus Day] in the USA, so muted activity at Dink's Diner this morning.
<...sipping hot JAVA...>
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