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The Angola HorrorThe 1867 Train Wreck That Shocked the Nation and Transformed American Railroads$
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Charity Vogel

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449086

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449086.001.0001

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Angola at Dawn

Angola at Dawn

(p.24) Chapter 2 Angola at Dawn
The Angola Horror

Charity Vogel

Cornell University Press

This chapter recalls the events in the early morning hours of December 18, 1867. It describes Angola, a rural settlement some twenty miles southwest of Buffalo in western New York state. By 1867, residents of Angola had become so accustomed to the trains; since the early 1850s, trains had become a backdrop to their lives. The rail lines were important even for people who didn't work for the railroad or companies that shipped goods by train. Many residents knew the movement of the Buffalo and Erie's trains through the community, as well as those of other railroads, by the whistles alone. Angola was meant to be a successful railroad village along the shores of Lake Erie, a stopping point on the business and travel routes between New York City and Cleveland. This chapter considers the role played by the Angola railroads in attracting numbers of men and women from surrounding areas. It also provides a background for the character of Romaine J. Curtiss, Angola's charismatic doctor who lived there in 1867.

Keywords:   trains, Angola, New York, railroads, Lake Erie, Romaine J. Curtiss

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