Barnum and Bailey's dircus train derailed in Potsdam


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Host Kelly Burdick discusses the 1889 Potsdam circus train wreck, in which a train carrying Barnum and Bailey’s circus, animals and all, barreled down the tracks toward Montreal before meeting its dreadful demise, derailing just north of Potsdam.

Listen and hear why this train wreck made such a mark on north country history.

This episode is edited by Christina Knott. Intro music is "Nobody Calls It San Fran" by Coyote Hearing. Outro music is "The Papergirl" by The Whole Other. Browse our new merch at Society 6.

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Great Circus Train Wreck of 1889 a rich part of Potsdam's History

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Historical marker commemorates Potsdam circus train wreck

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