Desjardins Canal and the Railway Disaster (157 Years Ago Today)
History Today: Exactly 156 years ago today, on March 12th in 1857 marks one of the worst rail-way disasters in Canada to that date. It carried about 100 passengers onboard, of which 59 were instantly killed and leaving 18 more injured.
There have been may historical depictions of the disaster of the Great Western Railway passenger since this day.
This is what the Desjardins Canal bridge looks like today. There is a historical maker on the path just underneath the High Level bridge that commemorates the Dejardins Railway Disaster. The marker ison the bike path in Cootes Paradise, a wonderful natural setting which overlooks the Hamilton Harbour from up top and a recreational trail down below.