The Great Eastland Disaster

February 18, 2015 With Jay Bonansinga

Over eight hundred people died in the middle of the Chicago River on an early morningĀ  at dockside one sunny day in July of 1915. Matching the tragedy of the Titanic it is now lost in memory except for the tales still told in Chicago. Here is a striking account by Jay Bonansinga who did the definitive history and discussed it with us one night in 2004. Of equal interest are the phone calls from descendants of some of the survivors.


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