Near White River Junction in Windsor County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
Disastrous Train Wreck
Erected 2012 by Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
Location. 43° 40.907′ N, 72° 23.64′ W. Marker is near White River Junction, Vermont, in Windsor County. Marker is on Vermont Route 14 half a mile north of Runnals Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker is about four miles upriver from the unincorporated village of Hartford, Vermont. Marker is in this post office area: White River Junction VT 05001, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Theron Boyd House (approx. 3.3 miles away); Vermont (approx. 4.2 miles away); Town of Norwich (approx. 4.8 miles away); Theta Chi Fraternity American Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy (approx. 4.8 miles away); Alden Partridge (approx. 4.8 miles away); First Public Grammar School (approx. 4.9 miles away); Early Settlers & Allen R. Foley (approx. 4.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in White River Junction.
Also see . . .
1. CelebrateBoston.com: Vermont Central Wreck of 1887. On Saturday February 5, 1887, the worst railroad accident in Vermont history occurred at the town of Hartford. An express train to Montreal jumped the rails and plunged over a gorge into the ice-laden White River. (Submitted on April 30, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
2. Rauner Library Blog: The Hartford Bridge Disaster of 1887. Accounts vary, but approximately 35 people died in the crash and fire, and another 40 were injured, making this the worst rail disaster in Vermont. (Submitted on April 30, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
3. A Train Wreck, A Song, and a memory. Not long after the wreck a folksong was written about this terrible railroad tragedy. Nobody knows who wrote it or when or where it first appeared. Local people sang the song and copies were printed in some of the newspapers. Today, over 100 years after the wreck, people still sing the song. (Submitted on May 4, 2013, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts • Disasters • Railroads & Streetcars •
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