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Bliss and tragedy : the Ashtabula railway-bridge accident of 1876 and the loss of P.P. Bliss

Author: Thomas E Corts
Publisher: Birmingham, Ala. : Sherman Oak Books, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Book : English
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The 1876 accident at Ashtabula had all the elements of a classic tragedy: cold, snowy weather that lent eeriness to the dark of night; height, as in the 70 feet from bridge to river; modern technology in an experimental iron bridge; mechanical power in locomotives; human beings fighting for their lives; fire, water, and ice all at once; the evil of robbers preying on the injured and dying; the good in heroes and  Read more...
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Named Person: P P Bliss
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas E Corts
ISBN: 193198509X 9781931985093
OCLC Number: 52605703
Notes: "Popular reading from Samford University Press to benefit the Jennie Munger Gregory Memorial Museum, Geneva on the Lake, Ohio."
Description: xiii, 215 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Almost the perfect disaster / Darrell E. Hamilton --
Who's who? : identifying victims of the disaster / Barbara J. Hamilton --
The loss of Bliss in Ashtabula / Thomas E. Corts --
The Ashtabula horror / Charles A. Burnham --
P.P. Bliss and late nineteenth-century urban revivalism / Timothy M. Kalil --
In search of the story / David G. Tobias --
Appendices.
Responsibility: edited by Thomas E. Corts.

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The 1876 accident at Ashtabula had all the elements of a classic tragedy: cold, snowy weather that lent eeriness to the dark of night; height, as in the 70 feet from bridge to river; modern technology in an experimental iron bridge; mechanical power in locomotives; human beings fighting for their lives; fire, water, and ice all at once; the evil of robbers preying on the injured and dying; the good in heroes and heroines who risked their lives to rescue the needy; the event striking the unknown and the world famous, such as P.P. Bliss. It is difficult to imagine a worse happening to a little village of 2,500 citizens. - Back cover.

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