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Saturday, August 20, 2011

On a warm August night in 1889, Barnum and Bailey Circus had just packed up its show in Gouverneur and headed to Montreal in three trains. After passing through Potsdam around 9 o'clock, an unfortunate incident occurred.


According to an article written by Norwood Historian, Susan Lyman, back in 1967; 典he three trains passed though Potsdam village about 9 o団lock that evening. All went well until, approaching Clark痴 Crossing about 2 ス miles below Potsdam on the Potsdam Norwood Road, disaster struck. The second train was running at a moderate 25 miles per hour when an axle broke on a car near the engine.

The car scraped along a few rods and, just past the crossing, doubled up under the following car. There was a great crunching, grinding noise and then a tremendous crash as the great railway smashup occurred.  Six cars lay piled upon one another. One car telescoped the entire length of anothertwo men were slightly injured and all had to be removed through the roof of the cars.

The engine of the second car and the car containing the elephants were not derailed and came to a standstill a short distance below the wreck. The first train, unaware of what had happened, proceeded to Canada. Frantic signaling by the brakeman brought the third train to a halt near the Sissonville siding, only a little way from the scene of the crash.

Norwood resident Leon Pringle saved a 1965 story from a 1965 Watertown Daily Times by Louise Blake who wrote: 典here was a telegraph operator from Potsdam, Charles Olmstead, who was working at Paul Smiths, where P.T. Barnum was vacationing at the time of the wreck. When Barnum was informed by telegraph of the wreck he reportedly told Olmstead to send back the message, The show must go on.



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