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Here are newspaper clippings and photographs showing the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific wreck located two miles east of Smith Center, Kansas.  The wreck occurred when the Rock Island passenger train No. 7, the Rocky Mountain Limited, was derailed, resulting in three cars being burned and passengers and employees being slightly injured.  It was reported the accident was due to excessive speed over a defective piece of track. The train was traveling about 35 miles an hour when the accident occurred.  The locomotive left the rails and landed in a field.  The cars were dragged with the locomotive, and the large tender was wrenched and twisted. One of the mail cars collided with the tender and the wrecked cars immediately caught on fire and quickly burned.  A mail clerk was quite badly wounded and four others were slightly injured.  Ray Wiggins, engineer, and Will Doleman, fireman, were in charge of the engine and retained their places on the locomotive during the accident.  Wiggins sustained slight injuries by being thrown from his seat.  The fireman Will Doleman is credited with rendering assistance to the injured and extinguishing the fire.


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Kansas Memory has been created by the Kansas State Historical Society to share its historical collections via the Internet. Read more.



About Kansas Memory

The advent of the Internet and digitization offer historical repositories limitless potential for sharing our unique historical resources with others. Resources that were once only available to a limited number of people who came to the research room that was open to the public on a set time schedule are now available to the whole world 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

Kansas Memory has been created by the Kansas State Historical Society to share its historical collections via the Internet. It supports the mission of the Society--to identify, collect, preserve, interpret, and disseminate materials and information pertaining to Kansas history in order to assist the public in understanding, appreciating, and caring for the heritage of Kansas. Kansas Memory provides a very tangible means of fulfilling the vision of the KSHS, which is to enrich people's lives by connecting them to the past.

The value of the site is in its rich content--letters, diaries, photographs, government records from the State Archives, maps, museum artifacts, and historic structures in Kansas. We will be adding additional content continually.

The site is intended for the use of anyone interested in any aspect of Kansas History. However, the primary audiences that drove decisions about the basic operations of the site and various functional requirements were middle and high school teachers and students. The browse design is based on the Flamenco project, which met the Kansas Memory project team's goal of allowing browse access to a large body of resources in multiple ways using general everyday terms. A special interface was developed for teachers to provide quick access to historical items that support the teaching of selected Kansas and U.S. history standards. The "My Memory" feature allows users to create their own subset of Kansas Memory content that may be useful to their specific needs.

The design features that are available at launch are only a starting point. In the future, we hope to incorporate additional functions.

The Information Network of Kansas grants program provided funding for some of the technical infrastructure and for the creation of the content for the teachers' portion of Kansas Memory. KSHS content from Territorial Kansas Online, a project supported by funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is incorporated into this site.

Kansas Memory has truly been a team effort, with numerous staff from the Library and Archives Division contributing to this project. The KSHS IT staff have provided brilliant technical expertise to make our wishes a reality.

We welcome your comments about the site and your suggestions for content and future technical features.


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