Thanks, B.D., for passing along these dramatic details about the Great Chicago Fire and the courthouse bell! Donald L. Miller, author of City of the Century: The Epic of Chicago and the Making of America, explains the particulars. He does it so well, no need for me to paraphrase. Note the name of the watchman/bellContinue reading “The Bell of the Great Chicago Fire II”
The Chicago-duo Wild Belle rallies around ending gun violence in Chicago in their 2016 song, “Throw Down your Guns.” The video latches onto a potent cycle described elsewhere on this blog–guns are smelted down to create bells in peacetime, and vice versa in wartime. Kudos, Wild Belle!
Dear loyal readers, I have a scrumptious treat to share with you! Remember Henry Rincker? Chicago’s own bell founder active in the mid-nineteenth century? We don’t know much about Rincker and his metallurgical output in Chicago, but we know he did cast a bell for the combined courthouse and city hall. This government building, constructedContinue reading “The Bell of the Great Chicago Fire”