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Archive for Saturday, September 25, 2010

100 years ago: Woman, five children rescued from wagon that nearly fell off Kaw bridge

September 25, 2010

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From the Lawrence Daily World for Sept. 25, 1910:

“With their team suspended by the harness over the edge of the Kaw bridge, and their light spring wagon poised perilously on the half finished bridge structure, a woman and five little children were rescued from an eighteen foot drop to the railroad tracks below this afternoon. Mrs. D. C. Farmer was bringing her children in to see the circus. The south span of the Kaw bridge is being repaired and the flooring of the west side had been taken up. This open space was not protected by railing of any description. When the team, which appeared to be steady old farm horses, reached the spot they became frightened at some object and swerved. Both fell over the edge of the bridge, dragging the vehicle to the very edge of the planks. A steel girder acted as a support for the team, or the entire vehicle would have been jerked suddenly off the bridge. Workmen blocked the wagon and lifted the occupants out. An effort was made to pass ropes under the horses and lift them back on the bridge, but this proved futile. They were finally unharnessed and allowed to drop to the railroad tracks below. Both animals were painfully bruised by the fall. Fortunately both alighted on their backs and escaped without broken legs.”

Comments

fancy80 3 years, 6 months ago

Good Job Sarah. Now, what we really want to know is where is what happened to Jimmy Hoffa? Solve that one next please.

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bearded_gnome 3 years, 6 months ago

sure glad the horses are/were okay! I bet that hurt.

doesn't explain the wagon wheel discovered in the river in today's paper Sarah.

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RoeDapple 3 years, 6 months ago

dat burnt wimmin drivers innyhow! probbly scared by one them new fangled horseless carriages! those contraptions won't never amount to anything . . .

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