Oklahoma City, OK Race Track Grand Stand Collapses, July 1889

DISASTER AT OKLAHOMA.

THE GRAND STAND AT A RACE TRACK COLLAPSES, INJURING MANY.

Oklahoma City, July 4. -- The grand stand at the race track collapsed at three o'clock this afternoon, injuring more than one hundred people. One thousand people crowded into the stands when the horses came to the post, and suddenly, without a sign of warning the structure went down, burying more than five hundred in the ruins.

Oklahoma City, July 5. -- The number of victims of yesterday's disaster is greater than was at first supposed. It is now estimated that about five hundred people were more or less injured. Fully a dozen were dangerously hurt and are lying in a critical condition. It has been rumored that three of the victims have died, but diligent inquiry fails to confirm the report.

Burlington Hawk Eye Iowa 1889-07-06