Historic North Country Disasters

Historic North Country Disasters

by Cheri L. Farnsworth

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There is a tragic history in New York's North Country of human folly, natural disasters, deadly explosions, terrible train wrecks and other calamities. The famous Barnum & Bailey Circus suffered deeply after its train crashed between Norwood and Potsdam in 1889 and many animals died. Beloved Thousand Island Park was almost entirely destroyed by a devastating fire in 1912, leveling hotels and businesses, and the once-thriving park never fully recovered. The great Massena earthquake measured 5.9 on the Richter scale in 1944 and caused tremendous structural damage, including destroying nearly all chimneys in the area. Author Cheri L. Farnsworth compiles both the man-made and natural disasters that shocked the North Country in the hundred years between 1850 and 1950.

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ISBN-13: 9781439669020
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 02/17/2020
Series: Disaster
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 12 MB
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About the Author

Cheri Farnsworth has written the following regional titles (some under the name of Cheri Revai): Haunted Northern New York (vols. 1-4, 2002-10), Haunted Massachusetts (2005), Haunted New York (2005), Haunted Connecticut (2006), Haunted New York City (2008), The Big Book of New York Ghost Stories (2009), Haunted Hudson Valley (2010), Adirondack Enigma: The Depraved Intellect and Mysterious Life of North Country Wife Killer Henry Debosnys (2010), Murder & Mayhem in Jefferson County (2010), Murder & Mayhem in St. Lawrence County (2010), Alphabet Killer: The True Story of Rochester's "Double Initial" Murders (2010) and Wicked Northern New York (2011).

She enjoys researching regional history, especially about crime and disaster, and finds the connection between history and the paranormal intriguing as well. Farnsworth is retired and lives in Massena, New York, with her husband, three peculiar cats and one crazy, cuddly Labradoodle.

Table of Contents

Preface 7

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction 11

1 EF5 Tornado: Philadelphia and Northern New York, 1845-1995 15

2 Watertown in Ruins: Watertown, 1849 20

3 Whitney Marble Company Boiler Explosion: Gouverneur, 1884 25

4 Carthage in Ruins: Carthage and West Carthage, 1884 30

5 Blown to Atoms: Plattsburgh, 1887 37

6 Barnum & Bailey Circus Train Wreck: Norwood/Potsdam, 1889 44

7 The Great Floods: Northern New York, 1890 49

8 The Hartford Goes Down-All Hands Lost: Clayton, 1894 54

9 Appalling Bridge Collapse: Massena/Cornwall, 1898 60

10 Tupper Lake in Ruins: Tupper Lake, 1899 67

11 Snowbound: North Country, 1900, 1912, 1928 72

12 Adirondack Inferno: Northern New York, 1903 81

13 Runaway Trains: Coopersville, 1903, and Mineville, 1905 91

14 North Lawrence in Ruins: North Lawrence, 1907 95

15 Frightful Calamity at Benson Mines: Benson Mines, 1908 99

16 Seven Meet Death in River: Grasse River, Massena, 1911 105

17 Thousand Island Park in Ruins: Thousand Island Park, 1912 112

18 Hotel Fire Claims Seven Lives: Malone, 1913 117

19 Bradley Powder House Explosion: Watertown, 1915 123

20 Deadly Christmas Eve Munitions Plant Explosion: Watertown, 1918 128

21 Exploding Shell Kills Eight Children: Watertown, 1922 137

22 Au Sable Forks Is Prey to Flames: Au Sable Forks, 1925 143

23 Tenement Fire Claims Seven Lives: Saranac Lake, 1925 148

24 Thirty Die in Sinking of the John B. King: Morristown and Brockville, 1930 152

25 Eight Persons Perish in Cafe Explosion: Massena, 1943 157

26 Logan's Fault-5.9 Richter Scale: Massena/Cornwall, 1944 163

27 Freighter Milverton Collision: Waddington/Ogden Island, 1947 169

Bibliography 177

About the Author 191

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