John Stone was the first murderer hanged in Chicago – and suggested the murder wasn’t his first. An “oral history” of his Chicago crime.
While researching an upcoming article, I noticed something that struck me as odd: a first-hand account of Jefferson Davis coming to Chicago in 1829. I had never heard of the future Confederate president being in the area. That year, then-Lt. Davis had been stationed at Fort Winnebago, near what is now Portage, Wisconsin, and apparently…
Investigating the story of Joe Anderson, the slave whom some say deserves credit for inventing McCormick’s reaper.
Stories of police brutality in Chicago aren’t new
Locating and reprinting the original speech in which Daniel Burnham told city planners to “make no little plans.” Reprinted for the first time since 1910!
Did the devil stalk the north branch of the river in the 1850s, tempting boys to steal apples? And was Knud Iverson drowned for refusing, or was his death a tragic accident? A controversy from 1853.
Did Cap Streeter invent the modern mobile home?
Podcast also available on iTunes! Recently, Valancourt began republishing a bunch of novels by Michael McDowell, who is best known for writing the screenplays to Beetle Juice and Nightmare Before Christmas. Mostly forgotten, his horror novels are fantastic books that deserve to be among the first rediscovered as readers start sifting through the rubble of…