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Illinois Heritage Magazine

Illinois Heritage, the popular history magazine of the Illinois State Historical Society, was established in 1997 to encourage professional and amateur historians, museum professionals, teachers, genealogists, journalists, and other researchers to explore and write about Prairie State history for a broad audience.

Illinois Heritage is published six times per year and is available as a benefit of membership in the Illinois State Historical Society. Individual editions can also be purchased by contacting our office directly. Visit our Membership section for membership options and information.

Visit our Illinois Heritage Magazine section to see issue summaries and sample articles from recent releases.

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Wann Railroad Disaster Historical Marker Unveiling and Dedication

Event date: 6/15/2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Export event
/ Categories: Events, ISHS Event, General News

Wann Railroad Disaster Historical Marker Unveiling and Dedication

The Village of East Alton History Museum, Phillip D. Walkington, and the Illinois State Historical Society will unveil an ISHS historical marker commemorating the "Wann Railroad Disaster" on Saturday, June 15, at 10 a.m. in front of the Fred H. Bright Vital Services Building in East Alton. The marker commemorates the January 23, 1893, train collision that caused the greatest loss of life and personal injury in Madison County history. According to reports at the time, the accident occurred at the Wann Junction on the big four railroad near the intersection of Shamrock and Main streets in East Alton, when an open switch allowed a passenger train to collide with oil tanker cars, causing an explosion that ignited and sent thousands of gallons of oil into the air. The subsequent "rain of fire" killed more than 35 individuals and seriously injured dozens of others.

The unveiling is open to the public. For more information, call 618-920-1858, or 217-525-2781.

Fred H. Bright Vital Services Building
119 West Main Street
East Alton, IL 62024 (Map)


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