How Kate Shelley Saved a Train

In 1901, the Chicago & North Western Railway erected a new bridge over Des Moines River in Boone, Iowa, the United States. The bridge was officially named the Boone Viaduct, but the locals quickly nicknamed it the Kate Shelley High Bridge, after the heroic 15-year-old lady, Catherine Carroll “Kate” Shelley, who saved a train full of passengers from sure disaster.

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The Kate Shelley High Bridge shortly after it was completed. Photo: Chicago & North Western Historical Society


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