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Cleveland's Greatest Disasters!

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Cleveland's Greatest Disasters!




This collection of the 16 best true disaster stories from the popular books of John Stark Bellamy II retell 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 shocking Ashtabula Bridge disaster, in which more than 80 holiday travelers plunged 82 feet to their death on the snow-covered ground;

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.

And other true local stories—Includes 65 photos!


“Bellamy sets the disasters in context and doesn't skimp on details as he tells of 16 catastrophes — from natural-gas explosions, collapsing tunnels under Lake Erie, school fires, bridge collapses and even an explosion in a fireworks factory” — Scene Magazine

“Bellamy knows the dark side of Cleveland better than anyone I know. ” — WMJI FM Radio

About John Stark Bellamy II

John Stark Bellamy II is the author of five books about Cleveland crime and disaster. The former history specialist for the Cuyahoga County Public Library, he comes by his taste for the sensational honestly, having grown up reading stories about Cleveland crime and disaster written by his grandfather, Paul, who was editor of the Plain Dealer, and his father, Peter, who wrote for the Cleveland News and the Plain Dealer.


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