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The Eastland Disaster

"The policeman who was witnessing this said the boat just turned over, like an egg in the water and people were thrown into the river. It was silent and over within seconds and happened six feet from the shore in front of tens of thousands of people.” Jay Bonansinga, author of “The Sinking of the Eastland,” recounts the perfect storm of events that took 844 lives on July 24, 1915.

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