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The Ashtabula Train Disaster- December 29, 1876

An eleven car train on the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway was returning west from Niagara in a snowstorm. As the train was crossing the Ashtabula River, the bridge beneath it collapsed. Only the first car made it across, the rest fell about 76 feet into the water. The crash knocked over kerosene heating lamps on board the train and the wooden cars caught fire. Ninety two died in the disaster, including hymn-writer Philip Bliss who reportedly went back into a burning train car in an attempt to find his wife.

 

 


Philip Paul Bliss
1838-1876
Gospel singer and hymn writer

See Chicago Fire, Ashtabula Train Disaster and Titanic.

 

Last Stop Ashtabula- Jon Waterman

Last stop Ashtabula, everybody all aboard
You can ride coach or first class, whichever fare you can afford
but rich or poor will get to where they're goin just the same
Cause the last stopís Ashtabula on this train

Rolling west from Erie to Ohio or beyond
This hereís the train to ride for those inclined to travel on
As well as all those goin to where they always will remain
Because the last stopís Ashtabula for this train

But if you miss this train to Ashtabula,
There's no question you'll be saying hallelujah
And you'll thank the hand of fate that hindered you
From gettin on this train

Last stop is Ashtabula if that's where you're meant to go
But the tracks along the way are laden with a heavy snow
And there's a bridge across the river thatís unsteady from the strain
So the last stop is Ashtabula for this train

Last stop Ashtabula show your ticket to the man
Make sure your debts are settled and your affairs are well in hand
Cause there are bridges you can cross-
where thereís no coming back again
And the last stops Ashtabula for this train

If you set out from this station you're gonna reach your destination
That could mean a celebration with the people that you know
Or it could be a condemnation to a place of tribulation
On or off the fast track to the conflagration down below

But if you miss this train to Ashtabula,
There's no question you'll be saying hallelujah
And you'll thank the hand of fate that hindered you
From gettin on this train

Last stop Ashtabula Everybody all aboard
If youíre goin to see the devil-
or if youíre goin to see the Lord
But even if you stay in this terrestrial domain
The last stopís Ashtabula for this train
©2011 Jon Waterman

Recording Info:
Jon Waterman- Vocal and Guitar
Kirsten Manville- Backing Vocal
Brian Donnelly- Tenor Sax
Gregg Cataldo- Bass
Jeff Pearlstein- Drums


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