Wednesday, March 10, 2021

The Steamboat “America” passing under Cincinnati’s Roebling Bridge -circa 1868

A Tragic Collision on the Ohio River and Its Connections to the Old York Road

In December 1868, two passenger steamboats collided at midnight near the Indiana state line. The steamers, one laden with coal oil, burst into flames. Many people perished in the ensuing inferno. Three Eastern Montgomery County residents and an internationally famous celebrity were on board the steamers.  Join us as OYRHS Board Secretary Jim Rubillo shares his presentation examining this tragic event, as well as its impact on our three “neighbors.”


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Lectures will be held live and will NOT be recorded for later playback due to copyright restrictions on the images used in the presentations. 

The lecture series is sponsored by a grant from the Jenkintown Lyceum and all programs are offered on Zoom free of charge. For more information please call the Old York Road Historical Society at 215–886–8590.