Man VS Train
It's history in a way you've never read before.

Warning: This post contains material that may be offensive to some.
Contains graphic material.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Warning:  This post contains material that may be offensive to some.
This is graphic.  

The Daily Enquirer Newspaper 1888-12-07 Vol. 12 no. 97

A Shocking Suicide

From Conductor W. B. Green, of the Montana Central railroad, it is learned that a horrible suicide occurred near Wickes Wednesday morning.  Mr. Green said that he and Hugh Kirkendall were standing on the rear end of the smoking car and when out about 200 yards this side of Wickes they noticed a man sitting in a cut with in a few feet of the track.  The train was not moving very fast, so Mr. Green thought the fellow was about to board the cars and steal a ride.  As the train neared him the man stepped up to it and deliberately placed his head under the wheels.  The rear wheels of the ladies'* car and the sleeping car passed over him, almost severing the head from the body.  Conductor Green saw the man spring under the car, and says it was the coolest work of self-destruction he ever saw or heard of.  He stopped the train as soon as possible.  The poor fellow was dead and must have died instantly, not writhing a particle as the wheels passed over him.  

*Some trains had a man's car and a ladies' car.  Men at the time were sometimes ill mannered, vulgar, dirty and smelly, it offended women and children so they rode in the Ladies' car.   Some depots, like the one in Brigham city, Utah, had a men's waiting room and a women's waiting room for the same reasons. 

For more stories from the Ogden area, like this one, Check out the book "Death At The Station: Ogden's Historic Union Station" it's history like you have never read before. 
Coming Spring 2014 part of the proceeds benefit Ogden's Union Station.  

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