The Dalles, OR Train Wreck, Feb 1890


[Special to the Enquirer:]

San Francisco, February 7. --- Owing to the heavy rains and washouts west of the Dalles, Oregon, and also in the Williamette Valley there has been no telegraphic communication with Portland, Ore., or with points on Puget Sound since yesterday morning. A telegram received in this city from the Dalles stated that a construction train with a gang of laborers which left there to work on the track, went through a bridge 69 feet high on Sunday. The engine passed over safely, but the tender fell on the caboose and killed ten men and injured sixteen. Conductor FRENCH had his leg and skull broken; Engineer GEORGE was badly hurt, and Brakeman SEELY was also injured. A train with three doctors left for the scene of the accident, which occurred about a mile and a half west of Cascade Locks, in Wasco county. The bridge was rendered unsafe by the late heavy rains.

Daily Enquirer Utah 1890-02-11