Conestoga in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Cost of Dynamite
The Atglen & Susquehanna in Conestoga Township
Local manufacture of dynamite employed local residents, unlike the PRR construction crews, which engaged thousands of transient immigrant laborers (lower left images). A dynamite factory explosion on June 9, 1906, near Colemanville occurred a few weeks before public dedication of the A&S. The accident claimed eleven lives, eight between the ages of 16 and 25. Decimation of the bodies was extreme; mostly unidentified fragments were collected. Such instantaneous
Funeral services were held at the Colemanville United Methodist Church. A single casket was interred for the remains of ten of the victims (lower center image). Although the factory was no longer producing dynamite for the A&S, the PRR would not escape association with the event then reported by the Lancaster New Era as “the most horrible accident that ever occurred in Lancaster County.”
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts • Disasters • Man-Made Features • Railroads & Streetcars.
Location. 39° 54.472′ N, 76° 20.21′ W. Marker is in Conestoga, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Marker is on Colemanville Church Road 0.2 miles west of River Road when traveling west. Marker is located within the trailhead kiosk at the Colemanville Church Road parking lot for access to the Enola Low Grade Trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Conestoga PA 17516, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Servicing a Freight Road (approx. 1.3 miles away); Conestoga (approx. 2.7 miles away); Iron Works (approx. 3.2 miles away); Susquehanna and Tidewater CanalYork Furnace Bridge (approx. 3.3 miles away); Susquehanna Canal (approx. 3.3 miles away); Conestoga Indian Town (approx. 3.4 miles away); a different marker also named Conestoga Indian Town (approx. 4.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Conestoga.
More about this marker. This is a large, "billboard-style" marker, mounted on the south-facing side of the trailhead kiosk for the Enola Low Grade Rail Trail.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The Atglen & Susquehanna Low Grade
Also see . . . Scene of Carnage at Powder Mills of McAbee Co. near Lancaster - Surving Employees Driven Insane. (Link to The Scranton Republican front page newspaper article from June 10, 1906, reporting on the disastrous factory explosion.) As a result of the explosion of the dynamite factory owned by the C. R. McAbee company of Pittsburg, near Pequea, this afternoon, eleven men were killed and five injured. The sickening sight drove some of the surviving girls employed at the plant insane. The victims were literally blown to pieces. Nearly all were residents of Lancaster County. Two were from York County. The McAbee company's factory was built by the Pennsylvania railroad to keep H. S. Kerbaugh & Co., the contractors, supplied with an ample quantity of explosives. The work involved some of the heaviest railroad blasting that the country (Submitted on August 31, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 5, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 30, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 202 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 31, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 6, 7. submitted on September 5, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 8. submitted on August 31, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.