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Beverly in Washington County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Buckeye Belle Explosion

 
 
The <i>Buckeye Belle</i> Explosion Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 23, 2017
1. The Buckeye Belle Explosion Marker
Inscription. On November 12, 1852, the riverboat Buckeye Belle exploded at this site. Twenty-four people died and a dozen were injured in the worst steamboat disaster on the Muskingum River. An eyewitness described the scene: “The bank of the canal was covered with dead and mutilated bodies and fragments of the boat and cargo.” Boiler explosions were a hazard of steamboat travel. The safety record on the Muskingum River was good. There are only two other recorded riverboat explosions on the Muskingum River. The Newark blew-up in 1847 at Rokeby, killing four, and the L.C. McCormick exploded in 1879 south of Beverly, killing one.
 
Erected 1997 by Muskingum River Parkway and the Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 3-84.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 32.875′ N, 81° 38.561′ W. Marker is in Beverly, Ohio, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Ohio Street and 5th Street (Ohio Route 60), on the left when traveling west on Ohio Street. Touch for map. It is at Lock 4, Muskingum River Parkway Park. Marker is in this post office area: Beverly OH 45715, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
The <i>Buckeye Belle</i> Explosion Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 23, 2017
2. The Buckeye Belle Explosion Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Peninsula (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Frye (approx. 0.7 miles away); Big Bottom Massacre (approx. 7.4 miles away); Fortified Settlement (approx. 7.4 miles away); Lowell Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.4 miles away); Covered Bridges (approx. 7Ĺ miles away); Two Riverboat Pilots (approx. 7.8 miles away); Underground Railroad (approx. 7.9 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  The “Buckeye Belle” Disaster. 2004 article by Debbie Noland Nitsche. “Shortly after 5:00 p. m. on that day, the Buckeye Belle steamboat, was making a regular run from Marietta to Zanesville, and while it entered the Beverly, Ohio canal in the slack water navigation works, a tragic explosion took place that killed 24 people instantly and 6 others died later from injuries caused by the explosion. As the boat entered the canal and was steaming along with everything going well, all of a sudden, her boilers let go with a terrific boom, and the entire superstructure from stem to stearn was blown to pieces and thrown high in the air. The hull of the boat sank to the bottom of the canal all at once. There were 45 people on board. Only 10 people escaped injury.” (Submitted on May 26, 2017.) 
 
Categories. DisastersWaterways & Vessels
 
Muskingum River System, Lock No. 4 image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 23, 2017
3. Muskingum River System, Lock No. 4
Lock No. 4 Lockmasterís House image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 23, 2017
4. Lock No. 4 Lockmasterís House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 26, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 77 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 26, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
 
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