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Rock Island Wreck Site, 1894

      A northbound Rock Island train was derailed from this trestle on August 9, 1894, resulting in a crash, massive fire, and the deaths of eleven passengers and crew, despite the heroic action of Harry Foote, brakeman, who rescued many. G. W. Davis, convicted of the crime in 1895, was paroled ten years later by Governor John Mickey, who noted "grave doubts" as to his guilt. Aside from questions of guilt, Davis's motive and whether he acted alone also remain matters of conjecture.

 

Placed by Joel Williamsen and Family
Nebraska State Historical Society, 2010
Wilderness Park, Lincoln
Lancaster County
Marker 479

 


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