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An excursion train carrying over 500 passengers leaves Peoria for Niagara Falls on the Toledo, Peoria & Western Railroad. After passing through Chatsworth the train came upon an oak trestle bridge that had ignited from a fire set to burn dried grass away from the bridge and railway tracks. 85 people were killed in the Great Chatsworth Train Disaster.

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Celebrate Black History Month with Illinois State Treasurer Michael W. Frerichs

  • 13 January 2020
  • Author: Elaine Evans
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Event date: 2/5/2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Export event

Celebrate Black History Month with Illinois State Treasurer Michael W. Frerichs

We cordially invite you to our Chicago event on Wednesday, February 5 from noon to 1 p.m. on the concourse level of the James R. Thompson Center. All are welcome. Awardees and speakers to be announced.

This event is free however registration is required. Please RSVP via Eventbrite or to Gladys Piper at

James R. Thompson Center
100 West Randolph Street
Concourse Level
Chicago, IL 60601 (Map)

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