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- 6857 NY-56, Potsdam, NY 13676, USA
- 44.7059, -74.9873
Potsdam Public Museum
On Thursday, August 22, 1889, the Barnum & Bailey Circus held an afternoon show at Gouverneur, NY. That evening the circus packed up and loaded two trains for Montreal, where they had a show scheduled the next day. The first train arrived without incident, but the second train carrying all the animals derailed about half way between Norwood and Potsdam, at Clark’s Crossing. Nearly all the animals in its six cars were killed, including 31 horses and trick ponies and two camels.