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The wreckage of Train № 5, just east of Monmouth, on Oct. 21, 1891. Four died and 28 were injured in the crash.

Early railroads brought progress, but also terror and destruction

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A newspaper cut of the tragedy, from the Oct. 21, 1891, Chicago Tribune.

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Editor and historian for Monmouth College. Avid researcher of western Illinois history for 40 years. FB and Twitter. jrankin@monmouthcollege.edu

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