On October 10, 1904 there was a head-on collision of two Missouri Pacific trains. One was an eastbound passenger train packed with people on their way to the St Louis Worlds's Fair. The other was a westbound freight train. The wreck happened between Warrensburg and Knob Noster, Missouri.
The Missouri Pacific #30 was so crowded that it was split into two trains. The first half of #30 left and after the second half got an engine, it also departed. The freight train was told to pull over and wait for 4 trains to pass before going on. The crew fell asleep and lost count of the trains. It pulled out thinking it had a clear track but in fact only 3 trains had pasted.
The trains met with a tremendous crash sending the engine into the first passenger car. Thirty people were killed and many more were injured.
The information was obtain from "There Will be a Wreck!" by Lyndon N Irwin, PhD.
There were 22 people from Coffeyville on the train but only 3 were killed. They were Clarence, Ollie, and Jessie Herring. They were the grown children of Mr and Mrs John Herring.
They were sitting about halfway down in the car and were killed instantly. All three were buried in a single grave in Elmwood Cemetery in Coffeyville, Kansas. The grave stone is worn but the family name of Herring still can be seen.
The coordinates take you to their grave stone. South of their stone is a grave with 5 names on it, a mother and her 4 children. One of the names died the same year as the train wreck. Find that name and you will have the coordinates to the final.
N 37 _ _ . _ _ _ & W 95 _ _ . _ _ _
Rachel 01.480 & 37.073
Erwin 02.404 & 35.747
Goldie 02.005 & 35.901
Beatrice 01.799 & 37.951
Lewis 02.114 & 38.426
You will problely hate me but I had to do it. You will know what I mean when you see the location.