Rescue effort after the capsizing of the Eastland.

Eastland Disaster Plaque

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Chicago, Illinois

845 Western Electric employees and family members drowned only a few feet from dry land here. Their excursion steamer, the S.S. Eastland, capsized while still at a dock in the Chicago River on July 24, 1915.

Because it was a windy day, a lot of the women and children were below decks, and were crushed by furniture, trapped, and drowned. A plaque on the south end of the LaSalle St. bridge over the River tells the sad tale.

Eastland Disaster Plaque

LaSalle St., Chicago, IL
Downtown, south bank of the Chicago River, on the southeast corner of LaSalle St. and Wacker Drive.
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