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  •  It's a great find. Some days were in the 90˚... (8+ / 0-)

    range in Chicago summers. They would have been way too hot. Lots of umbrellas and drink stands around. A big attraction I didn't mention was an ice track roller coaster.

    There was the popular Cold Storage Building. Ice was made on site. Unfortunately, it burned in July.

    The cheering coolness of this building was destined not to last. Early in the afternoon of July 10th flames burst out from the top of the central tower. Delaying his departure until he had provided against explosion, the brave engineer barely saved his life. Firemen were soon on hand. Sixteen of them forthwith made their way to the balcony near the blazing summit. Suddenly their retreat was cut off by a burst of fire from the base of the tower. The rope and hose parted and precipitated a number who were sliding back to the roof. Others leaped from the colossal torch. In an instant, it seemed, the whole pyre was swathed in flames. As it toppled, the last wretched form was seen to poise and plunge with it into the glowing abyss.

    Predicting is hard...especially the future. ~ Y. Berra

    by jim in IA on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 10:36:41 AM PST

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