Past Event

Chicago History Author Series: Author Talk: 'Fire Strikes the Chicago Stock Yards: A History of Flame & Folly in the Jungle' wit

These two authors will be speaking on October 12th based on their book “Fire Strikes the Chicago Stocky Yards: A History of Flame and Folly in the Jungle,” which describes the dangers of working in the stock yards. Working in the yards had a constant threat of fire, which the meatpackers considered was part of the business.

These “necessary” fires, however, were dangerous to workers and firefighters, who had to continuously plunge into the flames. In 1910, twenty-one firemen and three civilians were killed in a fire at a beef warehouse, which was considered the largest death toll for an organized fire department prior to 9/11.

The talks will begin at 4pm in the Baggage room of the Lisle Depot located on the grounds of the Museums at Lisle Station Park. Seating is on a first come basis and there is no registration required.

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors we will be raffling off a copy of each book at the end of each author’s presentation and we will also have refreshments.

This event is free and open to the public. However, reservations are recommended and can be made at (630)-968-0499. Donations are appreciated. The museum is located at 921 School St., Lisle, IL 60532. Feel free to contact us with questions, (630)968-0499 or

Our fourth series is presented by the Museums at Lisle Station Park and the Lisle Park District and supported by the Lisle Library District, History Press, Chicago Elevated, Lisle Heritage Society, and Chicago Detours. I would like to thank all of our sponsors for making this event possible. Visit for more information.