Cincinnati, Ohio Train Wreck
October 15, 1889
FATAL TRAIN WRECK
Most Appalling Accident of its Kind Ever Known
Cincinnati, Oct. 15. --- Ten persons are
reported killed by the breaking loose of a car
on the Auburn incline plane. The rope broke just
as the car reached the top and it went crashing
down and ran into a passenger station and into
the office below. Three are killed, and five
probably fatally injured.
The most appalling accident ever known of the
inclined plane railways in this city happpened
[sic] to-day between 12 and 1 o'clock on the
Mount Auburn inclined plane.
It lies at the head of Main street and reached
to a hight [sic] between 250 and 300 feet in the
space of 2000 feet. Two cars are employed, one
on each track, drawn by two steel wire cables,
wound upon a drum at the top of the hill, by an
engine located there. Nine passengers had
entered the car at the foot of the plane and a
mumber [sic] of others in the car at the top.
The passage of the ascending car was all
right until it reached the top, when, to his
sorrow, the engineer found the machine would not
respond and he could not stop the engine. Only
one result was possible. The car was arrested by
a strong bumper, which stops its progress and as
the engine continued all its force was expended
on the two cables and snapped them like wrapping
thread. Then the car, with its nine inmates
locked within, began its descent of the slope.
The crash at the foot of the plane was
frightful. The iron gate that formed the lower
end of the track on which the car rested was
thrown sixty feet down the street.
The top of the car was almost as far in the
gutter. The truck itself and floor and seats of
the car formed a shapeless wreck and mingled
with the bleeding and mangled bodies of the
passengers. Two were taken out dead, a
middle-aged lady MRS.
IVES, and a young girl
KEISS, teacher, died soon afterwards.
Five others were injured perhaps fatally; one
man escaped miraculously with but slight
The names of the injured are not fully
ascertained. HON. J. B.
HOLLISTER and McFADDEN are said to be
two of them and JUDGE HOLLISTER who is nearly 72
years, and can hardly survive such a shock. As
soon as it could be done the bodies were taken
to the morgue to await full identification. The
wounded were carried to the nearest place where
an examination could be made.
It was JUDGE WILLIAM
JUDGE HOLLISTER who was on the car.
JUDGE DICKSON like
JUDGE HOLLISTER is too old to escape
from such a terrible shock and was one of the
first of the wounded to die. He is a well known
attorney, retired for a number of years and was
a warm personal friend of President Lincoln.
was the first man who suggested the name of
General Rosecrans to President Lincoln for
appointment and Rosecrans was made a general as
the result. He was a life long friend of
Daily Enquirer Utah 1889-10-18
Submitted & transcribed by Stu
Beitler Thank you,
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