"Windy City" in 1858

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Fri Nov 11 12:34:24 UTC 2005

I have found what appears to be an 1858 usage of "windy city" referring to
Chicago, although used as an uncapitalized description rather than a
capitalized nickname:

1858 _Chicago Daily Tribune_ 7 Apr. (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)  An
hundred militia officers, from corporal to commander, condemned to air
their vanity and feathers only for the delectation of the boys and servant
girls in this windy city.

The context makes it clear that "windy city" here refers to Chicago.  The
page number is listed by ProQuest as "O_2"; I am not sure what this means.

Fred Shapiro

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