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Postcard Spotlight: Wildfires near Chicago in 1908



The image on this postcard is not nearly as interesting as the message on the back. The postcard appears to be sent from Hammond, Indiana, on Sept. 19, 1908, to Valparaiso, Indiana. The message indicates that the sender did not wait for a late train in Hammond due to wildfires at the Calumet Marsh and other areas around Gary. The postcard reminds us that wildfires like these were once common in the wild lands surrounding the Chicago area. 

Note to readers:
Postcard Spotlight briefs like this one will be published on my site between my larger stories. The goal is to create more content for the enjoyment of postcard collecting and learning about local history. Also, the blog url address has changed to vintagechicagopostcards.com. 


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