The Deadliest Railroad Disaster of Its Day [Broadside]. McDevitt, John. Disastrous Calamity on the North Pennsylvania Rail Road. Philadelphia: John McDevitt, 1856. 14" x 10" broadside, verse text in four columns below headline with woodcut grave scene, text enclosed by woodcut decorative border. Light browning, a few small ink stains, some wear and several minor tears to edges, some repairs on verso with archival tape, very small burn hole to lower margin. $950. * Also known as the Camp Hill Disaster and Picnic Train Tragedy, the Great Train Wreck of 1856 occurred in Whitemarsh Township, Pennsylvania, between Camp Hill Station and Fort Washington Station, on July 17, 1856. It was caused by a collision by two trains traveling on the same track in converging directions. Between 59 and 67 were killed and over 100 were wounded. It was the deadliest railroad catastrophe in the world up to that time. This verse account is rare and apparently unrecorded. OCLC locates 1 copy (at the Hagley Museum). We also located a copy at the Library of Congress.
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