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 William Chappell

William Chappell

Birth
City of London, Greater London, England
Death 1 Nov 1855 (aged 64)
Burial Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Plot Block 93, Lot 54
Memorial ID 5746824 · View Source
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Chappell was among the 34 people who were killed at the Gasconade Bridge train disaster. Hundreds of St. Louisans prepared for the excursion marking the opening of the Pacitic Railroad from St. Louis to Jefferson City, Missouri on November 1, 1855. In addition to the people killed, about 100 were injured when the Gasconade Bridge trestle collapsed as the 15 wooden railway cars reached the first pier. Nine of the cars sank at the edge of the Gasconade River & draggged three other cars off the track. Washington King, mayor of St. Louis, was among those injured. The president of the St. Louis city council & the chief engineer were killed.

Bio by: Connie Nisinger


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Connie Nisinger
  • Added: 7 Sep 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5746824
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Chappell (4 Oct 1791–1 Nov 1855), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5746824, citing Bellefontaine Cemetery, Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .