The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


  • cef orwell hosue.jpg Orwell’s man of adventure and the circus

    There must be something in the blood of Scotsmen that makes them successful as circus owners.

    February 26, 2012 1 Photo

  • sir henry 1.jpg Sir Henry’s last ride

    For more than 120 years, a white marble circus horse has stood in Windsor Township as reminder of both the glory days of mud circuses and a tragic romance.

    February 19, 2012 1 Photo

  • Main-1.jpg The Main legacy

     Despite the devastating loss in the Tyrone, Pa., train wreck of May 30, 1893, Walter L. Main quickly rebuilt his circus and kept virtually all of its engagements beyond Tyrone.

    February 12, 2012 3 Photos

  • cef Sunday main.jpg Tragedy at McCann’s Crossing

    Frank Train had grown wearly  of traveling with the Walter L. Main Monster Show, based in Geneva City and Trumbull Township.

    February 5, 2012 1 Photo

  • walter main poster.jpg Geneva’s ‘Main’ attraction

    Elephants, tigers, lions and horses.

    January 29, 2012 1 Photo

  • Railroad, disaster birthed hospital

    The Great Lakes shipping industry in the mid-1800s was fraught with losses of both human life and property.

    January 15, 2012

  • Locomotive overboard!

    In the history of railroading in Northeast Ohio, it was a matter of poetic justice paid forward.

    January 8, 2012

  • neely generations.jpg Was Effie Neely on the Pacific Express No. 5?

    Was Effie Neely the last survivor of the Ashtabula Bridge Disaster when she died in 1960 at the age of 101?

    January 8, 2012 2 Photos 1 Story

  • memorial.jpg Ashtabula Horror left many interesting crumbs on history’s table

    Over the past century, many stories relating to the Ashtabula Bridge Disaster, Dec. 29, 1876, have emerged. Here is a sampling of these tales as we wrap up the first 65 years of Ashtabula County history in our Odd Tales series.

    December 31, 2011 1 Photo

  • raildisaster.jpg The Ashtabula Horror

    One hundred thirty-five years after the Ashtabula Horror occurred, the facts of the event are well established, yet mists of mystery and stains of shame remain.                                  

    December 25, 2011 1 Photo

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