Tipton, Indiana Train Wreck
September 24, 1910,
just three days after the interurban crash at Kingsland north of Bluffton which killed 42 people.
The Tipton collision, very similar in nature, occurred between Tipton and Jacksons, claiming six lives and injuring fifteen others.
I have long been interested in the era of interurban transportation. Study of old newspapers and train schedules have made me aware of the fact that in Indiana one could get from almost anyplace to nearly any other place via this mode of transportation. It is clear, though, as one sifts through rafts of information from those days that travel was not without its risks. Accidents seemed to be more frequent than necessary, and most of the ones I have read about have had responsibility pinned directly on "human error."
These two collisions, happening as they did within the same calendar week and a mere eighty or so miles apart, certainly highlight the perils of rail travel in the day. It was my intention when I started to prepare an account of the Tipton incident to give a rather detailed, if gory, account. That, I have decided, is unnecessary. It is not necessary because the press of the day did a thoroughly complete and bloody job of reporting*. I garnered my information about the interurban lines directly from the Tipton County Library collection of the Tipton Tribune (now Tipton County Tribune) as recorded on microfilm. Now, though, some years later, we are blessed to have had much of this sort of information recorded in digital format and posted on the internet, thanks largely to volunteer efforts of history buffs.
So for your entertainment and enlightenment I present these links. Read about the bridegroom who was killed on the way to his nuptials; about the motorman who had recently stated he thought he would quit, and much, much more.