Beverly in Washington County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Buckeye Belle Explosion
Erected 1997 by Muskingum River Parkway and the Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 3-84.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 39° 32.875′ N, 81° 38.561′ W. Marker is in Beverly, Ohio, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Ohio Street and 5th Street (Ohio Route 60), on the left when traveling west on Ohio Street. Touch for map. It is at Lock 4, Muskingum River Parkway Park. Marker is in this post office area: Beverly OH 45715, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. The Peninsula (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Frye (approx. 0.7 miles away); Round Bottom Schoolhouse / Round Bottom Cemetery (approx. 3 miles away); Water Power on the Muskingum River (approx. 4.2 miles away); Big Bottom Massacre (approx. 7.4 miles away); Brick Church and Cemetery (approx. 7.4 miles away); Fortified Settlement (approx. 7.4 miles away); Lowell Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beverly.
Also see . . . The “Buckeye Belle” Disaster. 2004 article by Debbie Noland Nitsche. “Shortly after 5:00 p. m. on that day, the Buckeye Belle steamboat, was making a regular run from Marietta to Zanesville, and while it entered the Beverly, Ohio canal in the slack water navigation works, a tragic explosion took place that killed 24 people instantly and 6 others died later from injuries caused by the explosion. As the boat entered the canal and was steaming along with everything going well, all of a sudden, her boilers let go with a terrific boom, and the entire superstructure from stem to stearn was blown to pieces and thrown high in the air. The hull of the boat sank to the bottom of the canal all at once. There were 45 people on board. Only 10 people escaped injury.” (Submitted on May 26, 2017.)
Categories. • Disasters • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on May 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 26, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 123 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 26, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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