Ashtabula, Ohio: Ashtabula Horror - Train Wreck Disaster

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Address:
Lake Ave., Ashtabula, OH
Directions:
Train Wreck Historical Marker: Hwy 11 north to US 20 exit. West on US 20, over the bridge, then right at light onto Lake Ave. Go under the railroad overpass. The marker is on the right, as you reach the grounds of the Ashtabula County Medical Center.
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Ashtabula Horror - Train Wreck Disaster.

Ashtabula Horror - Train Wreck Disaster

A town remembers its awful 1876 bridge collapse and train disaster.

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Ashtabula Horror - Train Wreck Disaster

We tried to see where the train actually crossed the river, but it looked like it could only be seen by going through Cederquist Park. The road was closed and we would have had to hoof it with kids. A man parked in a truck near the road kind of put me off so we decided not to pursue it further. We did go to the cemetery.

[Peggy, 08/11/2012]

Engineer's mausoleum.

Ashtabula Horror

If anyone desires to learn more about the Bridge Collapse-Trainwreck they should read The Ashtabula Disaster, by Rev. Stephen D. Peet, of Ashtabula, Ohio. It was written in 1877, not long after the disaster occurred, and contains the most descriptive and accurate account that I have found so far. The language is old, but it's not hard to get through. The popular story is that both Charles Collins and Amasa Stone committed suicide, but as I recall, the book seems to suggest otherwise.

The actual disaster sight is still accessible, though a newer bridge now spans the river there. What you failed to notice in Chestnut Grove is that Charles Collins, the bridge engineer, is buried only yards away from the obelisk in an ominous looking mausoleum. Maybe you'll have to come back. :)

[Cindy Stevenson, 10/02/2006]

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