Episode 5: The Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus Train Accident

In this episode, we discuss the Hagenbeck Wallace Train Accident of 1918. One of the worst train accidents in United States History.

Source Materials:

Boissoneault, Lorraine. “The Hammond Train Wreck of 1918 Killed Scores of Circus Performers.” Smithsonian.com, Smithsonian Institution, 22 June 2018, www.smithsonianmag.com/history/hammond-train-wreck-disaster-1918-killed-dozens-circus-performers-180969428/.

Borrelli, Christopher. “A Circus Tragedy Lost to History.” Chicagotribune.com, 5 Sept. 2018, www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-xpm-2011-05-02-ct-live-0503-showmens-rest-elephants-20110502-story.html.

Higgins, Will. “The Truths of the Circus Train Crash of 1918 Are More Horrifying than Myths.” The Indianapolis Star, IndyStar, 20 June 2018, www.indystar.com/story/entertainment/2018/06/20/hagenbeck-wallace-circus-train-crash-more-horrifying-than-myths/644289002/.

Railfan, Gary Indiana. “Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus Accident 1918: Part 1 - Oscar Timm.” Youtube, Youtube, 18 Apr. 2018, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TS_b_d6CoWc&feature=youtu.be.

Railfan, Gary Indiana. “Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus Train Wreck of 1918: The Men In The Towers.”

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