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30 Livingston burns

30 Livingston burns

 
 
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Downtown Livingston circa 1902. The courthouse is shown on the left behind the drug store. Ben Lewis photo

A battle between prohibitionists and imbibers led to the fiery destruction of downtown Livingston in 1902. Residents rallied to keep commerce going and rebuild the small railroad town.

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29 The USS Eastland Tragedy

29 The USS Eastland Tragedy
Crime Behind the Pine Curtain

 
 
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The S.S. Eastland, known as the “Speed Queen of the Great Lakes,” was part of a fleet of five excursion boats assigned to take Western Electric employees, families and friends across Lake Michigan to Michigan City, Indiana, for a day of fun and fellowship. But the festivities were short-lived and quickly turned tragic.The Eastland, docked at the Clark Street Bridge, never left the Chicago River. Tragedy struck as the ship rolled over into the river at the wharf’s edge. More than 2,500 passengers and crew members were on board that day – and 844 people lost their lives, including 22 entire families.


Learn more about the USS Eastland here where you can watch a new documentary about the disaster 104 years ago.