Issue 23 and Volume 31.

THE CITY OF CHICAGO. A Few Facts Concerning the Great Metropolis of the West. (Specially Written for FIRE AND WATER.) The Chicago of today, with upwards of 2,000,000 inhabitants and over 2,500 miles of streets, its magnificent public, semi-public, and private buildings, its splendid churches, schools, and university, its drainage canal, one of the wonders of the world, and its strenuous life—the acting out of its civic motto, “I will”—stands out in amazing contrast with the town of Chicago as incorporated by act of February 11, 1835—only a few weeks more than sixty-seven years ago—with John H. Kinzie, Gurdon S. Hubbard, Ebenezer Goodrich, John K. Boyer, and John S. C. Hogan as its first trustees, and with a square mileage which two years afterwards, even when the town had been incorporated as a city, was only 10,635. Its first extension in February, 1847, raised the’ above figure to 14.01 square…

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