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Marker denotes tragic wreck of train in Shepherdsville

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By Stephen Thomas

SHEPHERDSVILLE - The Bullitt County Public Library and Bullitt County History Museum teamed up to establish a historical marker commemorating the site of the 1917 Shepherdsville train derailment.

The marker was recently placed at the southeast corner of Ridgway Memorial Library near Second Street.

The derailment took place at the site of the existing tracks by the Second Street overpass. Injured and deceased passengers were transported to the nearby courthouse and the Trunnell Hotel, currently the offices of attorney Anne McAfee.

Library director Randy Matlow said the plaque site was selected in part due to its proximity with the derailment site and other locations involved in the incident.

The History Museum received special recognition from the city to erect the plaque at the Ridgway location.

Matlow said the plaque cost the library just under $1,000.

Publishers Printing assisted in creating the plaque, which features photographs taken during the event and information collected by History Museum member Charles Hartley, who recently published a book about the derailment.

History Museum director David Strange said the plaque was similar to one placed at the entrance of the pioneer cemetery next to Shepherdsville City Park.

He said the museum hoped to place similar plaques throughout the county, with the ultimate goal of creating directional maps to each historic site.