The Great Circus Train Wreck Of 1918

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The Great Circus Train Wreck Of 1918 Tragedy On The Indiana Lakeshore

Author : Richard M. Lytle
ISBN : 9781614231707
Genre : Transportation
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In the cool, pre-dawn hours on a June night in 1918, a train engineer closed his cab window as he chugged toward Hammond, Indiana. He drifted to sleep, and his train bore down on the idle Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus Train. Soon after, the sleeping engineer's locomotive plowed into the circus train. In the subsequent wreckage and blaze, more than two hundred circus performers were injured and eighty-six were killed, most of whom were interred in a mass grave in the Showmen's Rest section of Chicago's Woodlawn Cemetery. Join local historian Richard Lytle as he recounts, in the fullest retelling to date, the details of this tragedy and its role in the overall evolution and demise of a unique entertainment industry.
Category: Transportation

And Hell Followed With It

Author : Troy Taylor
ISBN : 1892523701
Genre : Disasters
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Disasters and calamities have left a bloodstain on the history of America, frequently causing ghosts and hauntings to follow in their wake. In this first book of its kind, authors Troy Taylor and Rene Kruse present a blood-curdling account of death and horror like nothing you have ever read before! Arranged by the often devastating elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water, they have collected stories of floods, hurricanes, epidemics, mine disasters, earthquakes, fires, explosions, shipwrecks, blizzards, train collisions, aircraft crashes, tornadoes - all linked to a history of ghosts and the supernatural. See how these terrible events in our country's past have given birth to tales of eerie contact with the other side! Discover the history and hauntings of the New Madrid Earthquake, Fort Dearborn Massacre, Ashtabula Bridge Disaster, Pennsylvania Mine Fires, Wellington Avalanche, Hammond Circus Train Wreck, Galveston Hurricane, 1918 Spanish Influenza Epidemic, Hemingway's Hurricane, Hindenburg Crash, Donora Death Fog, Ghosts of Flight 401, Great Chicago Fire, Collinwood School Fire, Triangle Factory Fire, Cocoanut Grove, Hartford Circus Fire, Our Lady of Angels, Johnstown Flood, Sinking of the General Slocum, Titanic and much more... Some of them you have never heard before and some may be a little too close to home. Many will frighten you, others will disturb you and some of them will have you looking over your shoulder as you read. Be warned --- They are not tales for the faint of heart!
Category: Disasters


Author : Otto C. Lightner
ISBN : IND:30000093649196
Genre : Collectors and collecting
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Author : Clifford E. Watkins
ISBN : 1617034452
Genre : African American musicians
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Category: African American musicians

Haunted Chicago

Author : Tom Ogden
ISBN : 9781493012381
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Among this country's many treasures is the city of Chicago, an area filled with creativity and culture. Haunted Chicago, a collection of stories of ghosts, mysteries, and paranormal happenings in Chi-Town, will leave readers delightfully frightened.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Chase S Calendar Of Events 2003

Author : Chase's Editors
ISBN : 0071390987
Genre : Reference
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Includes more than 10,000 holidays, holy days, national and ethnic celebrations, astronomical phenomena, festivals, fairs, anniversaries, and other events from around the world
Category: Reference

Inland Seas

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ISBN : UOM:39015071251741
Genre : Great Lakes (North America)
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Category: Great Lakes (North America)

Haunted Indiana

Author : James A. Willis
ISBN : 9780811745727
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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A selection of Indiana's bone-chilling stories of the paranormal.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

The Bloomington Normal Circus Legacy

Author : Maureen Brunsdale
ISBN : 9781625840073
Genre : History
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Starting in the 1870s, the barns, icehouses, gymnasiums and empty theaters of central Illinois provided the practice sites for aerial performers whose names still command reverence in the annals of American circus history. Meet Fred Miltimore and the Green Brothers, runaways from the Fourth Ward School who became the first Bloomington-born flyers. Watch Art Concello, a ten-year-old truant, become first a world-class flyer, then a famous trapeze impresario and finally Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus's most successful general manager. The entire art of the trapeze--instruction, training, performance and management--became a Bloomington-Normal industry during the tented shows' golden age, when finding a circus flying act without a connection to this area would have been virtually impossible.
Category: History

Chase S Calendar Of Events 2018

Author : Editors of Chase's
ISBN : 9781598889260
Genre : Reference
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Founded in 1957, Chase's observes its 60th anniversary with the 2018 edition! Users will find everything worth knowing and celebrating for each day of the year: 12,500 holidays, historical milestones, famous birthdays, festivals, sporting events and much more. "One of the most impressive reference volumes in the world."--Publishers Weekly.
Category: Reference

Railroad Wrecks

Author : Edgar A. Haine
ISBN : 0845348442
Genre : Transportation
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"This book recounts the most serious railroad accidents worldwide from 1853 to the present time. Relevant specifics of these disasters have been researched and summary narratives written. The central purpose of this volume is to record the horrendous details surrounding railroad calamities and, more importantly, to investigate, analyze, and derive beneficial knowledge about wreck causes and deduce corrective courses of action, setting forth successful principles of accident prevention that might be useful and applicable in rail operations everywhere. The ultimate purpose therefore has been to determine universal railroad safety doctrines, the application of which will lessen the frequency and severity of future rail accidents and thereby reduce death tolls, passenger and employee injuries, and the attendant financial and material losses." "Covered herein in concise form are the accounts of 70 major rail disasters in the United States and 111 train catastrophes in various foreign countries. Included for quick reference are two tabulations showing pertinent particulars for all the railroad disasters treated in this volume. The reader, if he peruses this long list of wreck narratives, will acquire a unique understanding of the widespread incident of rail accidents and, perhaps, arrive at a personal judgment on how to best further the noble cause of accident prevention. Certainly, he will gain an eye-opening view of the dreadful scope of the long-term operational misfortunes that have plagued the mighty "Iron Horse."" "More than one hundred photographs taken at the scenes of the accidents illustrate this volume." "A substantial introduction elucidates the history of railroading in relation to death-dealing mishaps, operating safeguards, railroad personnel, the human factor, the grade crossing dilemma, rail unions and worker discipline, safety research efforts, code of railroad working rules, alcohol and drug problems, the Harriman safety awards, the legendary rail cabooses, and accident prevention guidelines." "The eleven-part appendix includes a historical/statistical review of safety on the United States railroads and reports on the horrendous Louisville & Nashville Railroad hazardous materials spillage at Crestview, Florida, on 8 April 1970. Also summarized are the rail accident prevention philosophies practiced on four foreign railway systems."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Category: Transportation

The Showman S Ghost

Author : Candace Adams
ISBN : 9798729484010
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Step right up...On June 22nd, 1918, an empty Michigan Troop Train barreled into the caboose of the stalled Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus train. Eighty-six people lost their lives on that day, among them, Baldy the Clown, his wife, and their young son. Deemed an accident, no one was ever held responsible for the tragedy.On the centennial anniversary of the accident, Kristina, a photographer, is hired to cover a ceremony held at Showmen's Rest Cemetery, the final resting place of the train victims. When strange visions and dreams start plaguing Kristina, she has to wonder whether the souls in that cemetery are truly at rest. As Kristina begins to doubt her sanity, the secrets of a shrouded past spill into the drifting reality of her present. Why is she being targeted more than 100 years after an event she had no part in? Who is the shadowy figure slowly driving her out of her mind? As the truth becomes clearer, only one thing is certain...More than a century later, the show must go on.

Haunted Gary

Author : Ursula Bielski
ISBN : 9781625850959
Genre : History
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“Highlights the most infamous and spine-tingling haunted places scattered throughout Northwest Indiana” (The Times of Northwest Indiana). In 2014, the story of Gary’s “Demon House” shocked the world, drawing millions into the terrifying tale of a contemporary exorcism. For many residents, however, ghosts are just part of the community. From the haunting of the Jackson Five to the ghost ship Flying Cloud, local legends abound. Ghostly echoes may linger from a fiery 1918 train wreck that claimed the lives of eighty-six circus performers. A young murderess, said to have drowned her children in the Little Calumet River, reportedly haunts the Cline Avenue freeway. And the spirit of Alice Gray, the most famous of myriad recluses, is said to remain in Duneland. Meet these and other eternal inhabitants of “America’s Ghost Town” with author Ursula Bielski. Includes photos!
Category: History

Reno S Funmakers

Author : George Moon
ISBN : 9781426965678
Genre : Fiction
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My grandfather, Edward Austin Reno was the son of Edward Munn Reno, Dean of American Magicians, a pioneer in the entertainment field of Illusions. Edward Austin Reno took his big top tent theater along the Circuit Chautauqua and rural Redpath route. His daughter, my mother, gave birth to me while they entertained a week in each town offering stage plays, comedy routines and of course, Ed Reno's magic act. Reno's Funmakers had a history in show business. It was what they did. It was all they knew. It was a life they loved with all their hearts. The Great Depression coupled with WW2 finally brought the family off the road. They always planned to return once the war ended. Like so many plans we make ourselves, theirs didn't materialize. I grew up in the midst of their disappointment, thus the book. My career took a different path. First college, majoring in business, chemistry and art. (my medium being oils). Followed by management positions and later, with a partner, forming my own manufacturing company called Pilot Industrial Battery. After selling the company I consulted to the battery industry until retiring here in Florida. I'v always been interested in writing. But, mostly as a guest columnist in newspapers and technical articles. Reno's Funmakers is my first novel. My second is currently being worked on.
Category: Fiction

Death Rode The Rails

Author : Mark Aldrich
ISBN : 0801882362
Genre : Business & Economics
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"The evolution of railroad safety, Aldrich argues, involved the interplay of market forces, science and technology, and legal and public pressures. He considers the railroad as a system in its entirety: operational realities, technical constraints, economic history, internal politics, and labor management. Aldrich shows that economics initially encouraged American carriers to build and operate cheap and dangerous lines. Only over time did the trade-off between safety and output - shaped by labor markets and public policy - motivate carriers to develop technological improvements that enhanced both productivity and safety."--BOOK JACKET.
Category: Business & Economics

Graveyards Of Chicago

Author : Matt Hucke
ISBN : 0964242648
Genre : History
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Cemeteries are in the metropolitan Chicago area.
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Spooky Indiana

Author : S. E. Schlosser
ISBN : 9780762789580
Genre : History
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Pull up a chair or gather round the campfire and get ready for creepy tales of ghostly hauntings, eerie happenings, and other strange occurrences in the Hoosier State. Whether read around the campfire on a dark and stormy night or from the backseat of the family van on the way to grandma's, this is a collection to treasure.
Category: History

America S State Fair Impresario

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ISBN : 9781493053834
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Born in poverty in 19th century New York City, Mike Barnes rose to become America’s premiere 20th century American show fair impresario, who embodied the Irving Berlin lyric, “There’s no business like show business.” For four decades, he presented dramatic spectacles worthy of Cecil B. DeMille, musical and dancing revues that rivaled anything by Busby Berkeley, animal acts, daredevil wing walkers, human cannonballs, flagpole sitters and auto demolitions. He assembled and directed these acts, entertaining millions across the United States, even during times of depression and world war. His influence on outdoor lighting and sound system presentation is still felt today in 21st century outdoor performances. Besides a snapshot of midcentury America, America’s State Fair Impresario:The Life & Times of Mike Barnes is the story of a modest man who was a brilliant showman, shrewd businessman, philanthropist, and exemplary family man. In short, a legendary American.
Category: Biography & Autobiography