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This iconic limestone building has a very popular history as it was one of the only buildings that survived the Great Chicago Fire. Built in 1869, it was one of the most modern buildings to take on the Chicago Fire in 1871. As the story goes, the fire spread throughout the city, claiming the lives of over 300 hundred Chicagoans. One worker stayed behind and tirelessly manned the pumps to dampen the street and roof of the Water Tower.
As the fire surrounded the tower, and with no end in sight, the worker retreated to the top floors and hung himself. Well, it would seem that he continues to hang around today. Many tourists have looked upon the tower's top floor windows and have claimed to see a man hanging. They have even phoned the police. As the police arrive outside, they have been said to have seen the same thing, but as they go up the stairs and enter the top floor, no such person can be found.