“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Kipton in Lorain County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Great Kipton Train Wreck

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August 6, 2016
1. Great Kipton Train Wreck Marker
Inscription.  On April 19, 1891, a head-on collision between two trains of the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway occurred at the Kipton depot. Eight people lost their lives, and the depot was heavily damaged. The crash occurred when a fast mail train heading east near Kipton and a passenger train going west from Elyria collided. The passenger train was supposed to let the mail train go by, but the conductor had not realized that his watch had stopped for four minutes and then restarted. As a result the passenger train was late getting to the stopping point. Looking into the matter, the railway company enlisted Webb C. Ball, a well-known Cleveland jeweler, to investigate time and watch conditions throughout its lines. Ball instituted the current railroad industry's timekeeping program, which specified watches trainmen could use. His attention to accuracy and promptness led to the well-known saying, "Get on the Ball"
Erected 2005 by The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 24-47.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Disasters
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Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical date for this entry is April 19, 1891.
Location. 41° 16.028′ N, 82° 18.306′ W. Marker is in Kipton, Ohio, in Lorain County. Marker can be reached from Ohio Route 511, 0.1 miles west of Ohio Route 511. It is located in the Kipton Community Park which is in Lorain County in northeast, Ohio. It can be seen best from the North Coast Inland Trail. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 57-63 Rosa Street, Kipton OH 44049, 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. Westwood Cemetery (approx. 4 miles away); Welcome to Oberlin Heritage Center (approx. 4.7 miles away); Charles M. Hall and Frank M. Jewett (approx. 4.7 miles away); Willard Van Orman Quine (approx. 4.7 miles away); Oberlin College and Community / Abolitionism in Oberlin (approx. 4.7 miles away); Downtown Oberlin Historic District (approx. 4.9 miles away); Antoinette Brown Blackwell and First Church in Oberlin (approx. 4.9 miles away); Oberlin and the Underground Railroad (approx. 4.9 miles away).
Great Kipton Train Wreck Marker image. Click for full size.
August 24, 2018
2. Great Kipton Train Wreck Marker
Great Kipton Train Wreck Marker image. Click for full size.
August 24, 2018
3. Great Kipton Train Wreck Marker
Great Kipton Train Wreck Marker image. Click for full size.
August 24, 2018
4. Great Kipton Train Wreck Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on August 27, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 6, 2016. This page has been viewed 1,891 times since then and 234 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 6, 2016.   2, 3, 4. submitted on August 24, 2018. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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