Bullitt County History

1917 Shepherdsville Train Wreck - Newspaper Report

The following article appeared in The Hopkinsville Kentuckian on Christmas Day, 1917. It describes the terrible train wreck at Shepherdsville, and identifies most of those who were either killed or injured in the wreck. We've divided it into sections for easier reading. Read it left to right, and then down the page.

While some of the details were inaccurately reported, this article is remarkably accurate for such an early report of this tragedy.




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The Bullitt County History Museum, a service of the Bullitt County Genealogical Society, is located in the county courthouse at 300 South Buckman Street (Highway 61) in Shepherdsville, Kentucky. The museum, along with its research room, is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday. Admission is free. The museum, as part of the Bullitt County Genealogical Society, is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization and is classified as a 509(a)2 public charity. Contributions and bequests are deductible under section 2055, 2106, or 2522 of the Internal Revenue Code. Page last modified: 25 Jul 2015 . Page URL: bullittcountyhistory.org/bchistory/trainwreck1917_hop.html