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 Kate Shelley

Kate Shelley

Original Name Catherine Carroll
Birth
County Offaly, Ireland
Death 21 Jan 1912 (aged 46)
Moingona, Boone County, Iowa, USA
Burial Boone, Boone County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 5374 · View Source
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American Folk Figure. On the night of July 6, 1881, fifteen year old Kate Shelly braved a severe storm and flooding to help rescue crew members of a train that had plunged from a collapsed viaduct into rain-swollen Honey Creek in Boone County, Iowa. It was also her intention to warn the scheduled passenger trains of the washout. Her heroism helped rescue two survivors of the first disaster and prevented another. In her honor, Chicago and Northwestern Railroad named the highest double track trestle in the US the Kate Shelly High Bridge.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 5 May 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5374
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Kate Shelley (25 Sep 1865–21 Jan 1912), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5374, citing Sacred Heart Cemetery, Boone, Boone County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .