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Terrible Disaster at Lynn's Wharf, 1864

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On Saturday last, “Lynn’s Wharf,” on the west side of Wills’ Creek, was the scene of a terrible disaster. A portion of the heavy trestle work that supports the railroad, and on which at the time, were a number of coal cars, suddenly gave way at one of the shutes and fell to the ground. The stock belonging to boats loading at the Wharf, was fastened, as usual, under this structure, and some fifteen or twenty horses and mules were caught in the ruins and crushed to death in the most shocking manner.

More lamentable still, a man named John Chrisman from Washington county, had just arrived from Georgetown with two of Grove’s boats and was unharnessing his teams in this unfortunate locality when the catastrophe occurred. He was caught by the falling timber and instantly killed, being so mangled as to be almost beyond identification. A coroner’s inquest was held over the body and a verdict rendered in accordance with the above facts. His remains were sent home to his friends for burial.

Among the sufferers, in the way of loss of stock, we have ascertained the following named persons: George Hughes, two horses and one mule : J. H. Grove, three mules: A. J. Boose, one mule; Jacob Wilhelm, three horses, and James Stephens three horses.-Cumberland Telegraph.


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Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (Md.); Washington County (Md.), History

Maryland, 1830-1940

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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