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Carrollton’s Redstone disaster left early mark on city

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By Dave Taylor

To many, the date April 3 conjures memories of the disastrous tornadoes that swept through Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio in 1974. Mention a Carroll County disaster with great loss of life and local thoughts turn to a fiery tragedy on Interstate 71 in the spring of 1988. But long before either of these events filled the pages of local newspapers another tragedy unfolded near Carrollton that scarred the psyche of the local populace just as deeply. On April 3, 1852, the steamboat Redstone exploded with reports of between 60 and 70 people killed and injured.


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