THE ASHTABULA BRIDGE DISASTER
Known throughout the country as the "Ashtabula Horror"
December 29, 1876, 7:28 p.m.
Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway
Train No. 5, "The Pacific Express"
159 Passengers & Crew
64 Injured; 92 Fatalities (at least 48 Unrecognized)*
Financial Loss to L S & M S Railroad: $495,722*
* Per LS&MS Railway 1877 Corporate Stockholder Report
Pictures show the bridge before and after the disaster. Note: In the above photograph that the locomotive is approximately the position of the locomotive "Socrates" when the bridge fell.
Ashtabula Bridge Disaster Archives
Summary of Disaster as stated in Ashtabula County Historical Records
Account of Disaster from Passenger Marian Shepard
Findings and Background of Coroner's Jury
Historical Account of Memorial Services for the Unrecognized Dead
Results of the Ashtabula Bridge Disaster
Building of the Iron Bridge over Ashtabula Creek in 1865
Time Line of Bridge Disaster Events
Crew Roster of the Pacific Express
Recounted Crew & Passenger Locations
Survivor Listing (Includes Crew Members)
Fatality Listing (Includes Crew Members)
Newspaper Articles at the Time of the Disaster
Preservation of the Fire Department Bell Sounded the Night of the Disaster
Background of the Ashtabula Volunteer Fire Department in 1876
Background of the Order Not to Put Water on the Fire
Sermon of Evangelist D. L. Moody on the Death of Phillip Paul Bliss
Pictures of the Ashtabula Bridge Disaster
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