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Boy Scout’s work gives renewal to historic Marion City marker

Braden Erwin, a senior at Palmyra High School, poses with the newly remounted granite stone that marks the former location of Marion City. The stone is located at the intersection of Marion County Routes 413 and 411. Photo courtesy of Chris Doyle. MARY LOU MONTGOMERY Genius. A promoter of the first magnitude. A salesman of high order. Many adjectives have been used to describe William Muldrow, whose name is still recognizable some 184 years after his notable attempt to establish a great metropolis on the Missouri banks of the Mississippi River, about half way between Quincy, Ill., and Hannibal, Mo. That “metropolis” was named Marion City, and the deed and the plat to the site were filed with

Lost in debris of bridge collapse: A jewelry trunk valued at $15,000

This photo represents the northern side of now abandoned Minnow Branch bridge. It is located to the south of Market Street, near Bowen Auto Body. MARY LOU MONTGOMERY NOTE: This story makes reference to a railroad accident that took place on July 31, 1875, which was featured in the Hannibal Courier-Post and www.maryloumontgomery.com on Feb. 2, 2019. MARY LOU MONTGOMERY During the 24 hours following the 10:20 p.m. July 31, 1875 bridge collapse that sent H&StJo engineer, Frank Bradley, to a watery grave, an estimated 5,000 curiosity seekers visited the scene of the accident, which was just to the west of Lindell Avenue, Hannibal, Mo. The steam engine, buried in the silt and debris left behind b

Pre-Civil War era rail conductor crushed between cars on siding

This is a small sketch map showing drainage and the major cities and towns in the Midwest. It includes railroad stations along a heavy distorted line representing the mail railroad line in Missouri, the Hannibal & St. Joseph Railway. This is an early example of the typical timetable map which was designed to place emphasis on specific routes. Library of Congress. From Appletons’ Illustrated Railway and Steam Navigation Guide, New York, 1863. MARY LOU MONTGOMERY During the decade in which Daniel Farwell was born – the 1830s – the railroad industry evolved from an experimental testing of metal-on-metal as a means of transportation, to a reasonable substitute to man-made canals for transporting

Veteran H&St. Jo engineer lost his life at Hannibal after compromised bridge collapsed

This photo shows Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad’s steam engine number 30. The engine that crashed into the Minnow Branch when the bridge collapsed in 1875 was engine number 25. Archie Hayden, who supplied this photo, said that the two engines would have been similar in appearance. Engineer Frank Bradley lost his life in the 1875 accident. CONTRIBUTED BY ARCHIE HAYDEN MARY LOU MONTGOMERY An atypical storm enveloped the Midwest the weekend of July 31-Aug. 1, 1875, dropping unprecedented precipitation across parts of Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. Along its path, the torrential rains left behind flooded communities, ruined crops and washed-out rail lines. Hannibal, built upon river bluffs, i

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