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Q ~ On Memorial Day 1893, a tragic train wreck occurred just north of Tyrone
involving the Walter L. Main Circus. What happened?

  A ~ On May 30, 1893, around 5:30 a.m., at McCann’s Crossing just four miles north of Tyrone, the largest circus-train wreck at that time occurred. The reason for the accident was due to the lack of braking power caused by human error. Five persons were killed in the crash, as were many animals. In 1975, a monument was placed at the wreck site to commemorate the tragic event. The Tyrone Area Historical Society and the Circus Fans of America Tent #2 hold an annual memorial service at the site.

Go to our Gift Shop for information on how to obtain a brand-new book about Tyrone and the Walter L. Main circus-train wreck.


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