Bailey Station, CO Train Wreck, May 1889


Dictating His Will While Slowly Roasting to Death.

A freight engine doing switching near Bailey Station, thirty-five miles from Denver, Col., came into collision with a boulder upon the track and was ditched. Fireman CHARLES LAPPMAN was caught underneath a red hot fire box. He lay in this position with his head only out from under the machinery for an hour, suffering untold agony, no one being able to render assistance. Just before he died he called a brakeman and dictated his will, leaving $15,000 to his two brothers in San Francisco. He gave instructions regarding his funeral and who he desired to conduct the services, then offered prayer and died. The body was brought to Denver to be shipped to San Francisco. Several other train men were injured, but not seriously.

The Cranbury Press New Jersey 1889-05-17