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History of the Wabash Bridge - St. Charles, Missouri
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 38° 47.138 W 090° 31.235
15S E 715358 N 4295908
Quick Description: Marker giving history of Wabash Bridge located in Oak Grove Cemetery in St. Charles, Missouri.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 1/11/2012 8:59:29 PM
Waymark Code: WMDG40
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
Views: 2

Long Description:
The historical marker is located next to memorial to eighteen construction workers who were killed when a 15-foot column collapsed on November 11, 1870.

Text of marker:

History of the Wabash Bridge

1868 - Construction of the Wabash begins

1870 - A 15 foot steel column collapses during construction.  Eighteen bridge workers killed

1871 - Bridge is completed in May, and, at the time, was the first bridge to span the Missouri River.

1879 - A portion of the Wabash Bridge collapsed while a train was crossing.  Eighteen cars fell in to the river and five men were killed.

1881 - The Wabash Railroad Bridge, once again, fails.  31 cattle perish and freight cars are hurled into the river.  John Kirby, an engineer, was the only human fatality.

1884 - The steamboat Montana collides with a Wabash Railroad Bridge Pier.  There was salvaging the boat.  Its remains are on the bottom of the Missouri River and can still be seen in low water levels.

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