World's Fair Train Wreck


In 1904, there was a head-on collision of two Missouri Pacific trains. One of them was an east bound passenger train packed with excited people on their way to visit the World's Fair in St. Louis. In the wreck, which occurred between Warrensburg and Knob Noster, Missouri, 30 people were killed. They were from the Kansas towns of Kingman, Dexter, Cedar Vale, Sedan, Coffeyville, Edna, and Pittsburg; and from the Missouri towns of Bronaugh and Moundville.

I have been researching this wreck for several years and have published a 150 page book on it. Its title is "There Will be a Wreck!" Here is a headline and a couple of photos related to the wreck:


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Follow this link for 7 pages of scenes from the towns along the train route.

See other photos from the wreck scene itself.

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