Great Kipton Train Wreck Historical

Great Kipton Train Wreck Historical (HM1TKN)

Location: Oberlin, OH 44074 Lorain County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 16.028', W 82° 18.306'

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On April 19, 1891, a head-on collision between two trains of the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway occurred at the Kipton depot. Eight people lost their lives, and the depot was heavily damaged. The crash occurred when a fast mail train heading east near Kipton and a passenger train going west from Elyria collided. The passenger train was supposed to let the mail train go by, but the conductor had not realized that his watch had stopped for four minutes and then restarted. As a result the passenger train was late getting to the stopping point. Looking into the matter, the railway company enlisted Webb C. Ball, a well-known Cleveland jeweler, to investigate time and watch conditions throughout its lines. Ball instituted the current railroad industry's timekeeping program, which specified watches trainmen could use. His attention to accuracy and promptness led to the well-known saying, "Get on the Ball"
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HM NumberHM1TKN
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Year Placed2005
Placed ByThe Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 390682 N 4569233
Decimal Degrees41.26713333, -82.30510000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 16.028', W 82° 18.306'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 16' 1.68" N, 82° 18' 18.36" W
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Area Code(s)440, 614
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 64-66 West St, Oberlin OH 44074, US
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