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Posted on: February 18, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Western Railroad History

On Saturday, March 4th at 2 PM, Jim Reisdorff is coming to the Columbus Public Library to tell us about a man who wrecked trains for fun. This program appeals to most everyone’s suppressed desire to witness something destructive! Between 1896 and 1932, Iowa native Joseph S. Connolly staged more than 70 head-on train wrecks before large thrill-seeking audiences at state fairs and other public events nationwide. Known as "Head-On Joe," Connolly boasted that he destroyed 146 old steam locomotives during these collisions and never had anyone injured in the process. Based on the book that he wrote about this man-made calamity, Jim Reisdorff tells about both the career of this professional train wrecker and the techniques that he used to stage a train wreck for public entertainment. Come see actual footage of these events and enjoy some refreshments!

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