The Buckeye Belle Explosion

The Buckeye Belle Explosion (HM1YDL)

Location: Beverly, OH 45715 Washington County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 32.875', W 81° 38.561'

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On November 12, 1852, the riverboat Buckeye Belle
exploded at this site. Twenty-four people died
and a dozen were injured in the worst steamboat
disaster on the Muskingum River. An eyewitness
described the scene: "The bank of the canal was
covered with dead and mutilated bodies and
fragments of the boat and cargo." Boiler explosions
were a hazard of steamboat travel. The safety
record on the Muskingum River was good. There
are only two other recorded riverboat explosions
on the Muskingum River. The Newark blew-up in
1847 at Rokeby, killing four, and the L.C. McCormick
exploded in 1879 south of Beverly, killing one.
Year Placed1997
Placed ByMuskingum River Parkway and the Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, May 26th, 2017 at 4:50pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 444780 N 4377779
Decimal Degrees39.54791667, -81.64268333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 32.875', W 81° 38.561'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 32' 52.5" N, 81° 38' 33.66" W
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Area Code(s)740
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Ohio St, Beverly OH 45715, US
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