Showmen’s Rest: The Deadly Hammond Circus Train Wreck of 1918

In a quiet cemetery outside Chicago lies a mass grave of clowns, strongmen, and acrobats who died in one of the worst circus tragedies in history.

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  • The Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus troupe

    Photo Credit: Cult of Weird
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  • A photo of the train wreck outside Hammond, Indiana

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  • The mass grave containing the victims of the train wreck

    Photo Credit: Cult of Weird
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  • Visitors attend a Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus