This Day in the Yesteryear: THE HAMMOND CIRCUS TRAIN WRECK (1918)

The Hammond Circus Train Wreck (1918)

On the morning of June 22, 1918, a locomotive pulling empty passenger cars rear-ended the Hagenbeck-Wallace circus train near Hammond, Indiana. The wreck and subsequent fire—likely ignited by the oil lamps in the circus train’s wooden sleeping cars—resulted in 86 deaths and 127 injuries. Most of the dead were buried five days later in a nearby cemetery, their graves marked with nicknames like “Baldy” and “Smiley” since many bodies could not be formally identified. What caused the collision? More… Discuss

 

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