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One Of The Largest Mass Murders In Nebraska Remains Unsolved To This Day

We all know about the most notorious crimes in Nebraska, like Charles Starkweather’s trail of mayhem. But a mass murder in Lincoln once killed 11 people all at once, and many Nebraskans have no idea it ever happened.

Today, Wilderness Park in Lincoln is known for its beautiful trails and splendid natural setting in the middle of the city. But in on August 9, 1894, it was the site of a horrific train wreck.
The train's burning coals went flying and a massive fire broke out, but dedicated brakeman Harry Foote worked tirelessly to pull victims from the wreckage. If not for him, the casualty count would have been much higher. Eleven of the 33 passengers died that day.
Some passengers claimed to have seen local man George Washington Davis holding a lantern near the crash site. Suspicions turned to him, and he was quickly arrested and tried in court.

After serving ten years in prison, Davis was released in 1905 by then-governor John Mickey. Mickey – along with plenty of other people – had serious doubts as to Davis’ guilt. The governor cited a lack of evidence and an absence of motive in his decision to grant Mr. Davis parole.

To this day, no one else has been able to name a motive or another possible perpetrator. Although it was one of the deadliest crimes in the state, we will probably never know who sent that train plunging from the trestle. More importantly, we will never know why.

You can now walk under the ill-fated trestle on the North Jamaica Trail in Wilderness Park and see a historical marker that tells the tale of this awful tragedy.

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