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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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Civil War newspapers

Posted by Michael Church (Digital Projects Coordinator) on Jul 16, 2010

You can now search (for free) a few Civil War-era Kansas newspapers online at the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America website, chroniclingamerica.loc.gov. The Kansas Historical Society digitized the papers with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). This is the first of 12 batches that will become available by June of 2011.

This batch of 6,829 pages includes the following Kansas newspapers: The Oskaloosa Independent(issues from July 1860-December 1865); White Cloud Kansas Chief (issues from September 1860-July 1872); Weekly Kansas Chief (published in Troy, issues from July 1872-May 1883); Marysville Big Blue Union (issues from March 1862-May 1866); and Smoky Hill and RepublicanUnion (published in Junction City, issues from September 1861-November 1864).

These particular newspapers were chosen because of their coverage of state and national events leading up to Kansas’ statehood and ultimately, the Civil War. Kansas will commemorate its 150th anniversary of statehood January 29, 2011. The next group of Kansas newspapers is expected to be uploaded to the Chronicling America website in September. In all, the Historical Society will digitize 100,000 pages of Kansas newspapers during this project.

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Comment written by: natemc on Jul 30, 2010 -- Permalink | Suggest Removal

Kudos to KSHS. This is a great project. Because of the hard work of the dedicated KSHS staff the students of Kansas have yet another fantastic resource to conduct research. I look forward to seeing the rest of the papers.

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