The Ashtabula Train Disaster Of 1876 Was An Ohio Tragedy That Will Never Be Forgotten
By April Dray|Published January 27, 2020
April is the Ohio staff writer for Only in Your State. She is an Ohio native with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. With more than 10 years of writing experience and a background in news reporting for Ohio newspapers, she's published pieces in multiple print and online publications. When she's not on deadline or chasing after her toddler, she's hunting for hidden gems in Ohio or getting lost in a good book.
Have you ever heard of the Ashtabula Train (or Bridge) Disaster of 1876? What about “The Ashtabula Horror”? Few people know that one of Ohio’s most charming small towns was once the victim of a truly dark tragedy. A faulty bridge design resulted in death, injury and great loss during the Ashtabula Train Disaster of 1876. Today, the town pays homage to the fallen victims and their families in several different ways, never forgetting the dark night that altered the course of its history.