SIOUX CITY | Promoters at the 1896 Sioux City Fair set up a train wreck spectacle for fair-goers.
The people loved the idea of witnessing two steam locomotives crashing head-on. The crowd’s appetite for those events was insatiable.
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People attending crashes all over the nation were injured by flying metal and steam.
The practice was banned nationwide later that year.
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