“The Chatsworth Wreck”


A train is bringing happy travelers to Niagara Falls when it crashes through a burned bridge and is wrecked. A hundred people are killed


Called "The Bridge Was Burned at Chatsworth" by the author, though this name hardly seems to exist in the tradition. - RBW

Historical references

  • Aug 10, 1887 - A train from Peoria, Illinois goes through a bridge near Chatsworth, Illinois on its way to Niagara Falls. 81 people are killed and 372 injured


  1. Laws G30, "The Chatsworth Wreck"
  2. Belden, pp. 422-423, "The Chatsworth Wreck" (1 text)
  3. Randolph 681, "The Chatsworth Wreck" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Randolph/Cohen, pp. 447-449, "The Chatsworth Wreck" (1 text, 1 tune -- Randolph's 681)
  5. Cohen-LSRail, p. 272, "The Bridge Was Burned at Chatsworth" (notes only)
  6. DT 641, CHATWRCK*
  7. Roud #2198
  8. BI, LG30


Author: Thomas P. Westendorf
Earliest date: 1913 (Belden)
Found in: US(So)