Looking westward on the Juniata River toward Thompsontown Station (on the left bank) Note: Newspapers at the time interchange Thompsontown Station and Thompsontown in their reporting. To keep things organized, I will refer to the wreck location as Thompsontown Station, which was the stopping place on the Pennsylvania Railroad where the wreck happened. I stepped … Continue reading The 1864 Fast Line East Train Disaster
Wreck of the Cleveland and Cincinnati Express
Memorial to the wreck's Unknown Dead, Paxtang Cemetery. Insert: top of the memorial In all the times I have passed through Harrisburg, I've made very few stops at the cemeteries to visit the graves of community members buried there. On this particular trip I was detouring from my journey to visit a memorial within the … Continue reading Wreck of the Cleveland and Cincinnati Express
The Silver Bridge Disaster
Silver Memorial Bridge over the Ohio River Note: I do not believe that the paranormal entity known as Mothman had anything to do with the Silver Bridge collapse. This article is not about the diaster and it's connection with Mothman, but a memorial to those who perished that fateful day. If the desire is to … Continue reading The Silver Bridge Disaster
Unsolved: What Happened to the Rosso Family?
The Rosso Memorial, Ursina Cemetery Leaving Larry Critchfield’s grave, I made my way towards the rear of the cemetery. At the rear of the cemetery, just feet from the road, was a memorial that caught my attention. Pausing on the roadway, I studied the stone and the list of names on it. All of the … Continue reading Unsolved: What Happened to the Rosso Family?
Joseph Zupicich: The Shamokin-Titanic Connection
Grave of Joseph Zupicich, St. Edwards Cemetery, Shamokin I paused at the gates of Saint Edwards Cemetery. The journey this far had been exciting with the GPS sending me down dead-end roads and wanting me to go the wrong way on one-way streets. The last three blocks had been almost straight uphill and for the … Continue reading Joseph Zupicich: The Shamokin-Titanic Connection
The Blue Mountain Airplane Crash
Standing at the Three Square Hollow Vista, I took in the view of the Cumberland Valley. Far below was the community of Newville and on the far side of the valley, South Mountain rose majestically, draped in the green splendor of Michaux State Forest. Here, on the northern side of the Cumberland Valley, vultures drifted … Continue reading The Blue Mountain Airplane Crash