These pages do not begin to cover all the disasters that have
taken place in every state. There is also controversy over
what constitutes and defines a "great" disaster from any other kind.
All disasters are "great" to those directly involved in them.
these pages are a mix of "great" and "not so great" disasters.
The major disasters are all covered in the larger sites I have
linked to as resources and the rest are related items of interest.
For example, you might not find a particular major disaster on
this list, but it may be included in a site such as gendisasters.com, which is one of the resources found here.
This is an excellent place to begin your research. The
links found here lead to an ever widening amount of information.
Good luck in your efforts.
1896 Atlantic City rail crash __ "The 1896 Atlantic City rail crash occurred
shortly after 6:30 pm on July 30, 1896 at a crossing just west of Atlantic
City, New Jersey, crushing five loaded passenger coaches, killing 50 and
seriously injuring approximately 60." An encyclopedic article with links to
related material. - From wikipedia -
FEMA: New Jersey State Disaster History __ New Jersey Disaster History.
Major Disaster Declarations. Click on the 'disaster #' on the right side of
the list to access detailed information including images and more. -
illustrated - From FEMA -
Hindenburg disaster __ "LZ 129 Hindenburg was a German zeppelin. Along with
its sister-ship LZ 130 Graf Zeppelin II, it was the largest aircraft ever
built. During its second year of service, it was destroyed by a fire while
landing at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in Manchester Township, New Jersey,
USA, on May 6, 1937." an encyclopedic article. - illustrated - From
The Hindenburg Disaster - Titanic of the Sky __ "Lakehurst/New Jersey, May
6th 1937, 7 pm: The "Hindenburg" has come all the way from Europe - a
luxurious flying hotel, faster than any ship. The pride of the Third Reich
prepares to land, and hundreds of onlookers have gathered to watch." A great
presentation with video and slideshow. - illustrated - From vidicom-tv.com -
Martins Creek, NJ Train Wreck, Apr 1911 __ "A train carrying 169 school
teachers, friends, and relatives, bound from Utica, Syracuse, and
Waterville, N. Y., to Washington, was hurled down a forty-foot embankment at
Martin's Creek, N. J., nine miles north of this place, about 3 o'clock this
afternoon. Two persons dead, eight persons are missing, and more than fifty
were maimed,..." You will find original news articles and links to related
material. - From Linda Horton/gendisasters.com -
New Jersey Disasters Floods, Fires, Tornadoes, Mine Explosions and ...
New Jersey Disasters. Events that touched our ancestor's lives: New Jersey
floods, fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, storms, mining accidents, explosions,
..." Many click to read articles and resources. - illustrated - From gendisasters.com -
T. A. Gillespie Company Shell Loading Plant explosion __ You will find an
encyclopedic article. "The T. A. Gillespie Company Shell Loading Plant
explosion, sometimes called the Morgan Depot Explosion, occurred at 7:30
p.m. on October 4, 1918 at an ammunition plant operated by the T.A.
Gillespie Company and located in the Morgan area of Sayreville in Middlesex
County, New Jersey." - illustrated - From wikipedia -