“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

Great Kipton Train Wreck Marker image. Click for full size.
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.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
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. Touch for map. 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. Marker is at or near this postal address: 57-63 Rosa Street, Kipton OH 44049, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Charles M. Hall and Frank M. Jewett (approx. 4.7 miles away); The Burrell-King House (approx. 5.4 miles away); Archibald M. Willard (approx. 8.2 miles away); Spirit of 76 (approx. 8.3 miles away); Vietnam Veterans Monument (approx. 8.3 miles away); Sandstone Center of the World (approx. 9.9 miles away); Lester Allan Pelton (approx. 11 miles away); Lake Shore Electric Railway (approx. 11 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 9, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 6, 2016. This page has been viewed 231 times since then and 33 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on August 6, 2016. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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