By John Dodge
CHICAGO (CBS) — Within the newly opened digital archives of the New York Public Library, are hundreds of images taken after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
Among them is a stereoscopic view, titled “Birdseye View From Top Of Waterworks, North Side.”
It is perhaps a view from the iconic Michigan Avenue Water Tower, which was one of the few structures spared by the blaze.
The images are part of a collection of 180,000 historical items recently added to the public domain by the New York Public Library.
Click here to view more of the items contained in the collection.