Indianola NE Historical Society

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May 29, 1911 Train Crash

This is the back of Walter Dameron's headstone.

dameronOn the cold foggy morning of May 29, 1911 the Flier, which was the Burlington’s crack No. 9 passenger train, collided with No. 12, an east bound local passenger train a quarter mile west of Indianola. Twenty-three people, including the engineers and firemen were killed. Most of the deaths resulted from the scalding steam which sprayed from both train’s boilers.
Taken from One hundred Years of Living Indianola, Nebraska 1873-1973

EIGHT KILLED IN COLLISION ON BURLINGTON.
WEST BOUND FLYER AND EAST BOUND LOCAL COME TOGETHER NEAR INDIANOLA, NEBRASKA.

By United Press.
Omaha, Neb., May 29. — Last reports from the wreck at Indianola, Neb., indicate that President JAMES McGILL, Pitcher E. W. KINSELLA and Second Baseman SAM LLOYD of the Denver club, and BERT KEELEY, of the Omaha team, were injured. The extent of the injuries are not known.

This was such a catastrophe at the time that many photographs were taken by several different photographers including Solomon Butcher. His and 19 others are shown below.
Bill

Walter Dameron was killed in the crash and is buried in the Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln Nebraska

Walter Dameron was killed and is buried in the Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln Nebraska


I was just driving through the Wyuka cemetery in Lincoln and there the stone above was in front of me. How odd I thought so I took a picture of it. Walter Dameron was one of the R.R. enginers killed in the wreck.

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SOLOMON BUTCHER PHOTO

SOLOMON BUTCHER PHOTO

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I have a 22 minute Documentary DVD that is full of pictures and actual newpaper clippings from the 1911 train wreck. Also the obituaries of those killed, pictures of their graves all with background music. There is a picture of the only known artifact from the train wreck. Send $15.00 along with your address to me at
Bill Baumbach
506 S. Main St.
Indianola, NE. 69034

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