Thirty people die and hundreds more suffer injuries when a train plunges into the Gasconade River after a bridge collapse. It marked the first such major disaster in U.S. history, according to the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office. This photo shows a picture of the Gasconade River around 1968. The pictured bridge is not the collapsed structure. Read more about the whole area and to see a photo of the Gasconade trestle bridge today here.

Photo credit: Historic American Engineering Record, C., Hermann Commercial Club, Breuer, R. A., National Toll Bridge Company, Sverdrup, L., Gasconade Bridge Company […] Austin, D., Schmitz, S., photographer. (1968) Gasconade Bridge, Spanning Gasconade River at State Route 100, Gasconade, Gasconade County, MO. Gasconade Gasconade County Missouri, 1968. Wegman-French, L., trans Documentation Compiled After. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,,