This chapter recounts what happened on December 18, 1867 starting at 10:20 A.M. as the Buffalo-bound New York Express left Cleveland and began to cruise through the village of Ashtabula. It begins by describing the bridge across the Ashtabula River and what people thought of the structure. It then compares the Ashtabula bridge to the Big Sister Creek bridge in Angola, noting that these two bridges allow a study in contrasts. It also provides a background on two young mothers aboard the New York Express, Emma Hurlburt Fisher and Christiana Gates Lang, and how taxing and exhausting train travel of the day was for passengers. Finally, it considers how railroads addressed the poor conditions on board their passenger cars. Finally, it looks at some of the things kept by passengers on board the New York Express.
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