Marengo Junction, WA Train Wreck, May 1911

Marengo Junction Train Wreck

The other cars jammed themselves into the narrow space between the banks of the cut until they blocked the way completely and the last cars kept their places on the rails.

A special train was made up and sent immediately from Lind upon receipt of the report of the wreck, and the dead and wounded and other passengers were conveyed to Lind, en route to Ellensburg. It is thought the speed of the train around the curve was the cause of the wreck rather than the cause, for there was evidence that the wheels of the engine left the track before reaching the point where the rails were found.


W. P. Warner, assistant general passenger agent of the Milwaukee at Butte, received several dispatches during the day from George W. Hibbard of Seattle, general passenger agent, relative to the wreck. The train was No. 18, the second of the magnificent new trains of the Milwaukee to leave Seattle and was wrecked at 4:45 a. m. three miles west of Marengo, Wash. Mr. Hibbard talked by telephone with Conductor Johnson of the wrecked train and was informed that Engineer Talmage had been killed and that Fireman Schoolenberg was so badly hurt that he died from his injuries. The baggageman was not badly hurt, the four colored waiters who were sleeping in the baggage car were quite badly injured. Only one passenger was hurt, his lip being cut, nothing serious. The smoking and day coach were off the trucks, but right side up, an the tourist sleeper was derailed. The diner and first-class sleeper did not leave the rails. Mr. Hibbard announced in a later dispatch that the track would be cleared by 6 o'clock and that the Oympian [sic] out of Seattle yesterday morning would get through without delay and would pick up the Columbian passengers at the wreck.

That no passengers were killed or seriously injured, it seems certain, was due to the steel cars with which the train was equipped.

Anaconda Standard, Anaconda, MT 31 May 1911



SEATTLE, Wash., June 1. -- W. P. Porter of Chicago, a Milwaukee dining car employee, died at a hospital here last night of injuries received when the Chicago, Milwaukee and Puget Sound railway's eastbound Columbian train was wrecked near Marengo, Wash., yesterday. Porter's [sic] is the third death resulting from the wreck which occurred on the train's initial trip.

Salt Lake Telegram, Salt Lake, UT 1 Jun 1911