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Today, this bridge carries motorists across the Gasconade in Hermann.
November 1, 1855: The first railroad train between St. Louis and Jefferson City fell through a bridge over the rain-swollen Gasconade River. On board were the mayor and entire city council of St. Louis, two military bands, dignitaries from eastern Missouri, and presidents of various railroads. A rescue train fell into the Boeuf Creek when a second bridge collapsed. Thirty-four people killed. More than one hundred people were injured. Survivors were rescued by steamboat and taken to Hermann and Washington.
This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.