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Top (left): The marker on June 4, 1989, the day it was dedicated.  (Photo courtesy of Louis Benes)
Top (right): The marker after years of exposure to the elements, ten years later.
Bottom (left): The marker on April 26, 2000, moments before it was reported as missing.
Bottom (right): The marker on July 24, 2003, the day it was rededicated.


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What happened
Read a summary of what happened as the festive employee picnic turned tragic.

Location of the disaster
Take a visit today to the Chicago River between LaSalle and Clark streets where the Eastland was docked the morning of the disaster.

A timeline of the morning of July 24, 1915
Beginning at just past midnight, which was shortly after the Eastland returned from its Friday night excursion, follow the sequence of events that occurred the morning of the Eastland Disaster.

Officers and members of the crew
See our list of the officers and the members of the crew who were staffed on board the Eastland on the morning of the Eastland Disaster.

The passengers
Scroll through our passenger list of the Eastland the morning of the Eastland Disaster.  See the list of those who perished as a result of the Eastland Disaster, and those who survived the Eastland Disaster.

Those who just missed being passengers
Peruse our list of those people who, through various circumstances, narrowly missed being on board the Eastland the morning of the Eastland Disaster.

Those who were at or arrived on the scene
Examine our list of those people who witnessed the Eastland Disaster or arrived at the scene shortly after the Eastland rolled into the Chicago River.

Personal accounts   Last names A-I   Last names J-R   Last names S-Z
Read the amazing and intriguing stories that have been handed down through the generations of the families whose lives were affected by the Eastland Disaster.

The hours and days that followed
Gain an understanding of the human effort and sacrifice, as well as the human trials and tribulations, that sprung forth over the days, weeks, months, and years following the Eastland Disaster.  Browse our lists of those who assisted during the rescue, recovery and relief efforts, including individuals who put their lives at risk to help save others.

List of possible/probable causes
Peruse our cumulative list of possible/probable causes that led to the Eastland Disaster, including events, decisions, and actions that happened as far back as 1903 (twelve years prior to the Eastland Disaster).



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