Back in the 1970's we used to drive our cars from this site westward up the mountain where the Circus Train lost it's brakes on. The rails had been removed years earlier, and turned into a dirt road you could travel from the site to Osceola Mills, Pa. Beautiful scenery up in the mountains. This railroad used to be a main traffic lane for coal being mined in Clearfield County, Pa. back in the 1800's into the early 1900's to the Rail road coal stock piles at Tyrone & Altoona, Pa. There is also another site near Gardner Mountain west of this Circus Train crash called the BIG FILL. It is a Rail Road construction site of the rail road back in the 1800's. The site is a rock filled hollow between two mountains instead of a bridge. There is a creek that runs under the Big Fill named Big Fill Run. My dad used to take my brothers and I there to do some trout fishing and deer hunting back in the 1970's. Today this mountain area is home to many Windmills generating electricity and ruined the landscape beauty. Warning..! Be careful hiking this area. There are many poisonous Copper Head and Rattle Snakes. My grand kids and I have hiked this area and love it there.
The story of a circus train accident has become the stuff of legend in the Pennsylvania town of Tyrone, but some researchers are hunting for more tangible traces of that pileup in the form of a mass grave.
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