Historical Images of Porter County

The Woodville Train Wreck, November 6, 1906
Liberty Township, Porter County, Indiana

Date: November 6, 1906
Source Type: Photograph
Publisher, Printer, Photographer: The Sunday Record-Herald
Postmark: Not applicable
Collection: Steven R. Shook
Remark: One of the most newsworthy and tragic events ever to take place in Porter County, Indiana, occurred in the early morning of November 12, 1906. During a significant snowstorm, a major train wreck took place on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad approximately 200 yards west of Woodville. The wreck involved the head-on collision of a freight train and passenger train, both traveling at full speed. Newspaper reports at that time indicated that between 47 and 100 individuals perished in the train wreck, although the final number was placed between 55 and 61. The majority of those who died were immigrants traveling west. Many of the individuals that perished in this wreck were buried in St. Patrick Cemetery in Chesterton, Indiana, although no marker exists today to identify these individuals. This photograph appeared on page 11 of The Sunday Record-Herald published in Chicago, Illinois, on November 18, 1906.

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