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S S Eastland Disaster

 
 
S S Eastland Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Susan Van Den Bosch, October 28, 2018
1. S S Eastland Disaster Marker
Inscription.  
The S.S. Eastland was a Great Lakes excursion ship bound for Michigan City, Indiana from Chicago, Illinois on July 24, 1915.

With 2,501 passengers on board, the ship capsized during boarding while in the Chicago River. Tragically, 844 lives were lost in the melee that ensued.
The victims included mostly young women and children. There were 22 entire families lost that fateful Saturday morning.

The anchor chain before you is comprised of 844 individual links. Each link represents one of the 844 victims of the S. S. Eastland Disaster.

At 265'0" in length the memorial anchor chain is equivalent to the length of the S. S. Eastland.
 
Erected 2015 by The Old Lighthouse Musuem - Michigan City Historical Society, Inc.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: DisastersWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is July 24, 1915.
 
Location. 41° 43.379′ N, 86° 54.355′ W. Marker is in Michigan City, Indiana, in LaPorte County. Marker is on On the Lake. The marker stands on the grounds of
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the Old Michigan City Lighthouse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12 On the Lake, Michigan City IN 46360, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Michigan City Lighthouse (here, next to this marker); Michigan City Spanish War Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Michigan City GAR Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Roger J. McKee Memorial Fountain (within shouting distance of this marker); Millennium Plaza (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Washington Park Historic District (about 300 feet away); Michigan City Civil War Monument (about 300 feet away); Private First Class Daniel D. Bruce (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Michigan City.
 
S S Eastland Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Susan Van Den Bosch, October 18, 2018
2. S S Eastland Disaster Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 25, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 21, 2022, by Susan Van Den Bosch of Genoa City, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 135 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 21, 2022, by Susan Van Den Bosch of Genoa City, Wisconsin. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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May. 31, 2023