The Train Wreck that Changed Time

Exhibit: 2:00 – 4:00 pm Sunday, November 19

Blackstone Valley Historical Society, 1873 Old Louisquisset Pike, Lincoln, RI

On August 12, 1853, a terrible train wreck took place in Valley Falls.  Thirteen people were killed and around 40 wounded.  It is believed to be the first train wreck every photographed. The photograph “went viral” in illustrated newspapers of the day, and the event initiated reforms that led to the creation of standard time and time zones in the United States.

BVHS will have an exhibit on the train wreck and its aftermath. Francine Jackson will give a presentation at 2:30 pm.

The ledger showing the insurance payments made to the victims and their families will be on display.

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