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

Ashtabula Train Disaster

December 29, 1876

 
 
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By Mike Wintermantel, August 10, 2018
1. Ashtabula Train Disaster Marker
Inscription. Near this site, an iron truss bridge collapsed into the Ashtabula River during a blizzard, plunging a passenger train with 160 on board into the gulf below. Nearly 100 people were killed in this, one of the worst train disasters in American history. The most well known passengers were Philip Paul Bliss (1838-1876) and his wife, Lucy. A leading gospel songwriter, Bliss wrote more than 100 hymns including the music to "It Is Well With My Soul." The unidentified were buried in a mass grave at Chestnut Grove Cemetery that is marked by a tall granite monument listing the names of those who died. The local hospital was founded as a result of this disaster and features an audio history in the James Lewis Smith Memorial Courtyard in front. The incident also led to reforms in bridge design and railroad safety.
 
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Bliss Remembrance Committee, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 10-4.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 52.753′ N, 80° 47.66′ W. Marker is in Ashtabula, Ohio, in Ashtabula County. Marker is at the intersection
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By Mike Wintermantel, August 10, 2018
2. Ashtabula Train Disaster Marker
of Lake Avenue and West 27th Street, on the right when traveling north on Lake Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ashtabula OH 44004, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hotel Ashtabula (approx. 1.2 miles away); Ashtabula Harbor Commercial District (approx. 1˝ miles away); The Hubbard House (approx. 1˝ miles away); Lakeshore Park Main Pavilion (approx. 2.2 miles away); Betsey Mix Cowles (approx. 9.2 miles away); Ransom E. Olds-Birthplace (approx. 9.6 miles away); Joshua R. Giddings Law Office (approx. 9.9 miles away); Harpersfield Covered Bridge (approx. 11˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ashtabula.
 
Also see . . .  Ashtabula Train Disaster of 1876. Ohio History Central (Submitted on August 11, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 
 
Categories. DisastersRailroads & StreetcarsScience & Medicine
 
Ashtabula Train Disaster image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, January 20, 1877
3. Ashtabula Train Disaster
Wood engraving published in Harper's Weekly
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 11, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 71 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 11, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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