|Death: ||Jul. 5, 1903|
John McGowan was a fireman, working on the Saint Paul and Duluth express train, known as the Limited No. 4. He was heralded as one of the many heroes during the Hickley firestorm of 1894. He was the fireman on James Root's train, and was credited with coming to Root's aid and reviving him in the cab of the locomotive. McGowan was 28 years of age at the time of the fire.
John McGowan remained a railroad man after the catastrophe, and met his end on July 5, 1903, in a spectacular train wreck in Dellwood, Minnesota, in which his locomotive was overturned.
The story of the Hinckley firestorm is covered in many books, one of which is "Under a Flaming Sky, The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894", by Daniel James Brown.
Austin Daily Herald
July 7, 1903
Engineer McGowan Killed
St. Paul, July 6 - John E. McGowan, engineer of the Northern Pacific, was killed Sunday in a wreck on the Northern Pacific road between Dellwood and Mahtomedi, Minn. The engine jumped the track and pinned McGowin to the earth, killing him instantly.
Saint Bridget Cemetery
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