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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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Getting Under Way

Getting Under Way

(p.37) Chapter 3 Getting Under Way
The Angola Horror

Charity Vogel

Cornell University Press

This chapter recounts what happened on December 18, 1867, starting at 6:50 A.M. It tells the story of John Davison Rockefeller, an up-and-coming young businessman from Cleveland who was supposed to board the New York Express but missed the train because he was late, escaping a likely death in the process. It also provides a background on some of the passengers of the New York Express, which provides a window showing the traveling public on the nation's railways in the late 1860s. Finally, it reflects on Rockefeller's attempt to run after the departing train down the platform of Cleveland's Union Station, to no avail.

Keywords:   passengers, John Davison Rockefeller, Cleveland, New York Express, railways, Union Station

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