Vermont October 24, 2016
The 10 Most Horrifying Disasters That Ever Happened In Vermont
For the most part, Vermont is a safe and peaceful place. However, disasters can strike when we least expect it and these horrifying events actually took place. Some of these events you may remember, some you may not have heard of before, but all are tragic and we should be thankful for our lives every day.
1. Tropical Storm Irene
Tropical Storm Irene
ripped through Vermont on Sunday, August 28, 2011 and we are still seeing the effects years later. Houses were washed away, businesses demolished, irreplaceable personal items… gone. Flooding destroyed roads, farms were decimated and the environment was severely impacted.
2. Frozen to the roof.
On January 29, 1907, a farmer in Berlin named George Salina was working on his roof on a winter afternoon when a wind knocked his ladder down. No one saw him and he wasn’t found until 11p.m. when the weather plummeted to -20. The headline on the Boston Journal article read: FARMER IS TURNED INTO A HUMAN SHINGLE.
3. Flying Circus.
In Rutland 1922, 30,000 people gathered to watch a flying circus. Fun turned to tragedy when one plane crashed and three people were killed in front of the crowd. A few hours later, a 4th person met their fate when an aeronaut jumped out of a balloon and his parachute failed to open.
4. The Hartford Railroad Disaster.
Hartford Railroad Disaster
which happened in 1887 is one of the most tragic event of them all. It was a frigid -15 degrees on February 5 the train went off the tracks killing 37 people and injuring 50.
27 children were poisoned and 9 died from an accidental poisoning in Newark after drinking from a brook. This happened in June, 1879 and while the original thought was that the water was contaminated by a dead horse carcass and several deceased sheep in the stream, the actual cause was determined to be as a result of potato tops, poisoned by Paris green, which were thrown into the brook.
6. Great Flood of 1927.
One of Vermont's most devastating events was the 1927 flood which destroyed 1285 bridges, miles and miles of roads and railways, along with countless homes and buildings. 84 people died in the flood.
7. Huntington Gorge.
is one of the most beautiful spots in Vermont, and it’s also one of the most deadly. Dozens of people have died at this rocky spot that still has people daring to swim in it despite the many warnings.
16 year old Perley Smith had his head blown off by a cannon in Middlebury, despite standing 70 feet away from the blast. Several others were maimed in the accident as well.
9. Plane crash on Camel's Hump.
Four planes have crashed into Camel’s Hump, but the worst one was on October 16, 1944. Nine of the ten people died, and the remaining person was found close to death by five boys who were pulled from the local school to assist with the search.
10. A hole in the head.
One of Vermont’s celebrities is Phineas Gage, a man who had an iron rod shot through his skull and lived to tell the tale.
Read more about Gage
and this sordid tale.
Let’s lift our spirits now and look at these
beautiful photos of Vermont.