Gasconade, MO Train Wreck, Nov 1855

TERRIBLE CATASTROPHE.

THE EXCURSION CARS TO JEFFERSON CITY PRECIPITATED INTO THE GASCONADE RIVER.

On Friday, Nov. 2d, an excursion train of fourteen cars, having on board some six hundred passengers, while running them from St. Louis to Jefferson City to attend a Railroad celebration, met with an accident at the bridge across the Gasconade River. Before crossing the bridge, the train reduced its speed for the purpose of allowing the passengers to view the structure. The bridge was some thirty feet above the water and no water was under the part where the train went down. As the train come on the bridge it gave way. Eleven cars, engine and tender went down with the bridge.
The following list of killed and wounded we glean from the St. Louis Intelligencer of Nov. 3d. The list is not full.
Dead.
REV. DR. BULLARD.
CAPT. O. FLAHERTY.
B. B. DAYTON.
THOMAS O'SULLIVAN.
E. CHURCH.
_____ BLACKBURN.
THOMAS GRAY.
HENRY CHOUTEAU.
JUDGE LACKLAND.
MANN GUTLER.
E. C. JEFFREES, Rep. of Franklin County.
ADOLPH ABLES.
MR. MOTT, Representative of Dunklin County.
MR. McCULLOUGH, of Dunklin.
CAPT. C. CASE.
E. C. YESTI, firm of Shields & Yesti.
JOSEPH HARRIS, of St. Louis County.
_____ CHAPPELL, father of J. T. Chappell.
GEO. EBEELE.
Our informant thinks there county not have been less than twenty-five killed.
Wounded.
GEO. R. BUDD, leg broken.
DR. POST, leg broken.
HUDSON E. BRIDGE, slightly injured.
MR. TAYLOR, firm of Warren & Merrit, leg broken.
Engineer badly injured.
Member of National Guards, leg broken.
THOMAS C. CHESTER, badly hurt.
MR. LITTLEJOHN, badly hurt.
MR. LAYTON, Representative of Perry Co., badly hurt.
CHARLES S. GREELEY, slightly injured.
JOHN BEACH, slightly injured.
L. M. KENNETT, slightly injured.
The following wounded have been sent to the Sister's Hospital.
HERBERT LIVERMORE, leg broken.
WM. EDGE McCLEAN, of Cape Girardeau, leg broken.
MR. MOORE, of Ste. Genevieve, badly wounded by fractures - will die.
MR. JECKO, firm of Hart & Jecko.
HENRY C. HART.
RUFUS K. LEWIS.
MR. GRISWOLD.
FRANK LANE, leg broken.
MR. HITCHCOCK, badly hurt.
JOHN PARKER, arm broken.
JOHN RICHARDSON, badly hurt.
CAPT. COUSINS, badly hurt.
JOHN B. CARSON, badly hurt.
MR. ROBERTS, Paymaster, badly hurt.
JOHN M. WIMER, badly hurt.
PETER BROWN, of Jefferson, badly hurt.
MR. RADCLIFF, brakeman, badly hurt.
W. LINGO, badly hurt.
JOSEPH WHITE, Rep. from Ripley, legs broken.
E. L. BILLON, arm broken.
MAYOR KING, badly cut.
COL. D. H. ARMSTRONG, cut.
C. D. SULLIVAN, arm broken.
DR. VANZANT, badly hurt.
MR. RENDLE, druggist, badly hurt.
Doctors McDowell and McPhearson were fortunately among the guests, and gave their best skill to the alleviation of the wretched suffers. It was impossible, for them to apply bandages and reset limbs under the circumstances. The accident occurred where no houses are to be seen - in a wild forest, and during the time of a heavy storm or rain, accompanied with lightning and thunder, of the most vivid description, fell without intermission.
Couriers were dispatched forthwith to Hermann for another train, and in an hour or less, the wounded were in comfortable on their way to the city. It was an awful spectacle - one that appals the stoutest heart - the dead and the dying lying without shelter, save that afforded by the hand of friendship or philantrophy, exposed to a pitiless storm, and the wounded groaning from amid the ruins, and supplicating the succor of the more fortunate.

The Weekly Portage Sentinel Ravenna Ohio 1855-11-10