LS&MS - Ashtabula River Bridge
BH Photo #185637
The center deck truss span collapsed at 7:28 p.m. on December 29th 1876 during a blizzard and while a passenger train was crossing.
Ashtabula River Railroad Disaster
Source: Wikipedia Excerpt
On December 29, 1876, A train of the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway carrying about 160 passengers passed over the bridge as it failed. All but the lead locomotive plunged into the river. The train's oil lanterns and coal-fired heating stoves set the wooden cars alight. Firefighters declined to extinguish the flames, leaving individuals to try to pull survivors from the wreck. Many who survived the crash burned to death. The accident killed approximately 92 people. It was the worst rail accident in the U.S. in the 19th century and the worst rail accident in U.S. history until the Great Train Wreck of 1918.
- Lost Deck truss bridge over Ashtabula River on Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway in Ashtabula
- Ashtabula, Ashtabula County, Ohio
- Built 1864-65, main span collapsed on December 29, 1876
- - Amasa Stone (railroad president)
- Charles Collins (railroad president)
- D.H. Lockhart (masonry)
- - Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad (LS&MS)
- Main span: Iron Howe deck truss
Approaches: Stone arch
Length of largest span: 150.0 ft.
- Approximate latitude, longitude
- +41.87850, -80.78940 (decimal degrees)
41°52'43" N, 80°47'22" W (degrees°minutes'seconds")
- Approximate UTM coordinates
- 17/517474/4636307 (zone/easting/northing)
- Quadrangle map:
- Ashtabula North
- Inventory number
- BH 46889 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
- December 1, 2021: Essay added by Nathan Holth
- November 26, 2016: New photos from Jacob P. Bernard
- December 5, 2012: Updated by Luke Harden: Added categories "Railroad", "Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad"
- December 16, 2011: New photo from Jacob P. Bernard
- November 10, 2010: Added by Eric Root
- Eric Root - ejort [at] att [dot] net
- Jacob P. Bernard
- Nathan Holth