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Photos of Roslindale- Bussey Bridge Disaster of 1887
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Bussey Bridge 1887

First Three Cars

7th, 8th & 9th passenger cars

Actual Photo




New Bridge today

Commemoration Plaque

March 14, 1887 was a regular work day. Commuters boarded the Boston and Providence train at Dedham Station, which was located where the town parking lot is today. The train made regular stops to pick up commuters in West Roxbury and then Roslindale before moving on to Forest Hills and then to Boston. As the train approached the Bussey Bridge located over South Street in Roslindale, the structure began to collapse as the 7th, 8th and 9th passenger cars passed over. The coach trains, which were made of wood tumbled to the ground and splintered into pieces. About 23 passengers were killed and many more were seriously injured on that fateful day. Almost all were area residents. The tragedy was caused by rusted iron hangers and a poorly designed bridge.

To read the NY Times article on this story, please click here. You can also read more by clicking here and here. If you have some pictures you'd like to share to add to this story, please contact the Roslindale Historical Society at roslindalehistorical@gmail.com

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