The March 21, 1913, edition of The Holyoke Enterprise reported that “one of the worst wrecks on this line of the Burlington” occurred March 16 at Venango, Nebraska. The train was made to open the road for traffic between Sterling and Holdrege, Nebraska, and consisted of a pilot snow plow, small engine, car loaded with coal, engine and caboose. The train was just passing through Venango and was making a run for a snow drift when the snow plow dropped down and struck a heavy iron pin which had been placed in the yards by surveyors when the track was laid out. The first engine turned over and landed about 100 feet from the track, instantly killing the engineer and badly scalding the fireman, both of Sterling. — source: Phillips County Museum
Five Years Ago
June 11, 2015
Wages Volunteer Fire Department is celebrating its 30th anniversary of service this weekend.