October is Archaeology Month in Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is celebrating with a special program at the Blair Center on Tuesday, October 13th, beginning at 6pm. This event is free and open to the public. Archaeologist, and Penn Highlands instructor, Paula Zitzler will present the story of the circus train wreck that occurred near Tyrone in 1893, which she has investigated both in the archives and in the ground.
The Walter L. Main Circus barely avoided total destruction in a spectacular train wreck. Only four people died, but dozens of exotic wildlife and show animals were killed or released into the fields and woods as their cages were reduced to splinters. Zitzler pieced the story together from newspaper articles and reports and from artifacts collected at the site. The presentation will feature historical photos of the wreck site, a discussion of how archaeological methods have helped tell this story, and a question and answer period.
The intriguing story has been detailed in the book Unscheduled Stop: The Town of Tyrone and the Wreck of the Walter L. Main Circus Train, published by the Tyrone Area Historical Society. Copies of the book will be available ($15; supports the work of the Tyrone Area Historical Society).
Please join us for this informative, free event on Tuesday, October 13th, at the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Blair Center, located in the Logan Valley Mall (next to Macy’s). Please contact the Blair Center at 814.201.2700 for additional information.