Cleveland's Greatest Disasters!

Sixteen Tragic Tales of Death and Destruction—An Anthology

John Stark Bellamy, II


An anthology of the 15 best true Cleveland disaster stories from Bellamy’s popular book series, including the apocalyptic East Ohio Gas Company explosion of 1944, the unspeakably horrible 1908 Collinwood School fire, the Ashtabula Bridge Disaster, and the oddly named yet quite ghastly Doodlebug Disaster. Includes 65 photos.

Softcover / 221 pages / 5.5 x 8.5 in. / 65 photos

ISBN: 9781598510584


An anthology of the 15 best true disaster stories from the popular book series by John Stark Bellamy II. Revisit the most terrible tragedies in Cleveland history, including:

• The apocalyptic East Ohio Gas Company explosion and fire of 1944, which destroyed an entire east side neighborhood;

• Genius inventor Garrett A. Morgan’s daring underground rescue efforts (using his recently invented gas mask) during the gruesome 1916 waterworks collapse;

• The unspeakably horrible Collinwood school fire of 1908, in which 172 schoolchildren perished in panic because of obstructed exits;

• The Cleveland Clinic disaster of 1929, in which thousands of pounds of X-ray film exploded in flames, causing 123 deaths;

• The grisly drama of two doomed workmen buried alive in the very concrete that became Cleveland’s celebrated landmark—the Terminal Tower.

A great introduction to Bellamy’s five-book Cleveland crime and disaster series.

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Weight0.59 lbs

Table of Contents


Streets of Hell (The East Ohio Gas Company Explosion and Fire)

“We are going down!” (The Ashtabula Bridge Disaster)

Ash Wednesday Forever (The Collinwood School Fire)

“Jump, boys, it’s a crash!” (The Doodlebug Deathtrip)

“Breath of Death” (The Cleveland Clinic Fire)

Sooner or Later . . . (The Thompson Trophy Tragedy)

Burning, Burning, Burning River (The Cuyahoga River Fires)

Death in the Deep Pit (The Terminal Tower Tragedy)

“They Died Crawling” (The Waterworks Tunnel Explosion)

Cleveland’s Saddest Fourth (The S. S. Kresge Fireworks Explosion)

“Horror of All Horrors!” (The Central Viaduct Disaster)

Damn the Torpedoes (The Fireworks Factory Horrors)

Cleveland’s Saddest Circus Day (The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Fire)

Death Ride at Euclid Beach (The Sad Fate of Joseph Senk)

Cleveland’s Burning! (A Trio of Catastrophic Fires)

Smithereen Street (The West 117th Street Explosion)

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