By Clive Burford-Published 1949
Book written by Mrs. Stoutemyer
Souvenir Program & History
Cover of the Illinois Railroad and Warehouse Commission report into the investigation of the train wreck.
August 12th Edition of the Chatsworth Plaindealer
The Pan-handle Advocate
August 12, 1887
"The Scoop" article from the Pantagraph Aug.11, 1887 from Clive Burford's book.
Click on "Full screen" for a larger view
Wreck Postcard by Lasswell of Peoria.
Wreck Postcard by L.L. Booth of Elmwood
Another Wreck Postcard by L.L. Booth of Elmwood
One half of his double slide
A.H. Hall viewing slide
A.H. Hall Photo
Chatsworth Firemen - From "Chatsworth Area Centennial"
Chatsworth Train Wreck
Tim Coughlin is the man in front with arms folded, that was first blamed for the wreck and then cleared.
Handbill for the "Niagara Falls Excursion"
From "The Train That Never Arrived"
From Harpers Weekly-1
From Harpers Weekly -2
From Harpers Weekly -3
From Harpers Weekly -4
From Harpers Weekly -5
Library Archives -4
Library Archives -5
Library Archives -6
Close up view by Bob McKinley
From the Illustrated London News
Wreck made a South American paper
From the "Jornal Do Domingo"
Believed to have been made by one of the firemen who attended the wreck
Date and time of the wreck
Numbers Killed and Wounded
Location of Wreck
Article on the Wreck Survivors-1936-Piper City Journal-
Sue Stephenson file.
Picture in Survivors Reunion Article-1937
-Sue Stephenson File
Culvert Crossing today
Pictures from Wreck Article in Pantagraph-1999
T P & W Depot
T P & W Depot
Ticket for the Heritage Train-1990
Heritage Train 1990-
Used to give rides to wreck site.
Heritage Caboose in Railroad Park
From Historiacal Society's Calendar
Irene Hughes conducted a seance at the site of the wreck on the anniversay of the wreck in 1966-Claimed to have heard the train, the shrieks and groans, and could smell kerosene.-I attended this and didn't hear a thing or smell anything, but it was a great experience.
Chatsworth Train Wreck 1887
From The Train That Never Arrived by Mrs. Stoutemyer
Fredie (Franc-Frank) Snedaker
"The little hero."
Was in the Chatsworth Wreck. This picture was provided to Mrs. Stoutemyer by a Mrs. Wilson, for her book, "The Train That Never Arrived."
Remberence at the Chatsworth Wreck site.
Rememberence at the Chatsworth Wreck site.
James E. Curtis
From "The Train That Never Arrived" by Helen Louise Plaster Stoutemyer
Mr. Curtis wrote the poem "The Chatsworth Wreck" for the 1937 reunion, published in the Chatsworth Plaindealer and "The Train That Never Arrived".
Aug. 10, 2010
A derailed freight train car blocks the railroad crossing on West Locust Street in Chatsworth on Tuesday, August 10, 2010 (The Pantagraph/Joe Deacon)
Aug. 10, 2010
From the Daily Leader
Chatsworth Wreck Clean-up
Program for the 2010 presentation for the Chatsworth Township Library
Inside of Program for 2010 presentation for the Chatsworth Township Library
Ticket for the 2010 presentation for the Chatsworth Township Library.
Headston of Mahala J. Clay who was killed in the Chatsworth Train Wreck of 1887. Her Grandson, Carroll Clay and wife Mary attended the presentation.
Headston of Dovie C. Clay, daughter of Mahala and John Clay, who died in the Chatsworth Wreck, at the age of 9.
Chatsworth Wreck Patch 1967
Telegram sent by E.M. Armstrong, engineer of fatal train,
warning agents to watch for fires.
Culvert at the site of the wreck taken by Mrs. Stoutemyer in 1969.
Cover of the song "The Bridge was Burned at Chatsworth"
A new view of the wreck sold on ebay
Picture accompanying 1937 article by L.J. Haberkorn from the Chatsworth Plaindealer
Historical Wreck Plaque Received
B.M. Judd with his cane fashioned from wood from the Chatsworth Wreck.
From the Chatsworth Plaindealer 1937