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Memorial To Fallen Construction Workers - Oak Grove Cemetery

 
 
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By Jason Voigt, December 16, 2020
1. Memorial To Fallen Construction Workers - Oak Grove Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  Names of victims:

W Spaulding • L.J. Collier • D. Johnson • J. B. Beardsley • A. Stroepler • R. Luffsey • John Lee • T.F. Jetticord • J. Fanning • M. Masterson • M.S. Odell • D.C. Carr • G.F. Joyce • F.C. Fletcher • S.P. Thompson • J. Conway • Walter Ross • J.W. Miller

History of the Wabash Bridge

1868 - Construction on the Wabash begins in August.

1870 - A 15 foot steel column collapses during construction. Eighteen bridge workers were killed.

1871 - Bridge is completed in May and, at the time was the first bridge to span the Missouri River.

1879 - A portion of the Wabash Bridge collapsed while a train was crossing. Eighteen cars fell into the river and five men were killed.

1881 - The Wabash Railroad Bridge, once again, fails. 31 cattle perish and freight cars are hurled into the river. John Kirby, an engineer, was the only human fatality.

1884 - The steamboat Montana collides with a Wabash Railroad Bridge Pier. There was no salvaging the boat. Its remains are on the bottom of the Missouri River and can still be seen in low water levels.
 
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Memorial To Fallen Construction Workers - Oak Grove Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, December 16, 2020
2. Memorial To Fallen Construction Workers - Oak Grove Cemetery Marker
City of St. Charles, Missouri.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsCemeteries & Burial SitesDisastersWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 38° 47.145′ N, 90° 31.23′ W. Marker is in St. Charles, Missouri, in St. Charles County. Marker can be reached from Clay Street north of Westbury Court. Marker is located at Oak Grove Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2700 W Clay Street, Saint Charles MO 63301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 1111 Jefferson Street (approx. 1.3 miles away); 1057 Jefferson Street (approx. 1.4 miles away); 1035 Jefferson Street (approx. 1.4 miles away); 1029 Jefferson Street (approx. 1.4 miles away); 1025 Jefferson Street (approx. 1½ miles away); 1005 Jefferson Street (approx. 1½ miles away); 819 Jefferson Street (approx. 1.6 miles away); 809 Jefferson Street (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Charles.
 
Memorial To Fallen Construction Workers - Oak Grove Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, December 16, 2020
3. Memorial To Fallen Construction Workers - Oak Grove Cemetery Marker
Part of the memorial
Memorial To Fallen Construction Workers image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, December 16, 2020
4. Memorial To Fallen Construction Workers
Lists all the victims on this sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 31, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 40 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 31, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
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