1 Nov 1855
The Gasconade Bridge Train Disaster occurred on November 1st, 1855. With more than 600 passengers aboard the Pacific Railroad excursion train celebrating the railway line's opening, outside St. Louis the bridge collapsed and the locomotive plus 12 of the 13 attached cars plunged into the Gasconade River. Over 30 people died and hundreds were seriously injured. The passengers were on their way to Jefferson City to attend inauguration festivities.