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  Harry E. Chrisman, former Liberal author and historian, donated a large collection of his writings, photographs, and other items to Liberal Memorial Library for the purpose of research. This database searches the contents of the Chrisman Collection.  
CallNo: PC3-C2c  
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Descriptive Title: Freight train wreck   Type: Postcard
Date of Origin: July or August 18, 1938   Provenance:private collection - Turtle Studio, Liberal KS
Size: 3 1/2 x 6 1/2   Condition: good
Text: [front] Wrecked freight train on R.I. RR at Arkalon Bridge 8-18-38. Engine 5036. Cost $115,000. Wt. 733200 lbs. Power 67000 Drawbar Booster 70000 lbs. Turtle Studio. 21. [back] Post Card Turtle Studio Kodak Finishing and Gift Shoppe Liberal, Kans. 14 S. Kansas Ave. Correspondence. Address. Place Stamp Here. 34 (circled) 75% Harry E. Chisman 10245 W. 14th Ave. Denver, Colo. 80215. [back note] 34 (circled) 24 Engineer Walter Walker rode old Engine 5036 into the Cimarron when floods caused the bridge to give way, July 18, 1938.
Misc Info: Cranes pull engine from train wreckage. People look on from bridge, ground below.
Subject: train wreckage
Arkalon bridge
Walter Walker
train engine
railroad ties
two cranes
Rock Island Railroad
workers Engine 5036
Cimarron River people Turtle Studio
Liberal, Kansas Kodak Finishing
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CallNo: PC44-C2c  
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Descriptive Title: Engine 5036   Type: Postcard
Date of Origin:    Provenance:
Size: 3 1/2 x 5 1/2   Condition: 
Text: [back] Post Card; Correspondence; [Tartto] Studio; Kodak finishing and Gift Shoppe Liberal, Kans 14 S. Kans Ave; AZO; Place Stamp Here; Harry E. Chrisman 10245 W. 14th Ave. Denver, Colo. 80215 [two stamps] 35 (circled in red ink). [note - handwritten] Walter Walker engineer (smeared) ..... Brakeman Holder that went down in this wreck still live in Pratt Walker is [?] Holder is still working Fireman Powell died several years ago, I do not know about the rest of the crew [note - typed, put in seperate sleeve] Back at the yards, she had the appearance of a male Peacock that had shed its tail, when Engine 5036 was resurrected from her watery grave. ---- Photos courtesy O.B. Wimmer. (sentence underlined) 35 (circled in red ink) 24 75% [front of post card] Engine 5036 Raised from Cimmeron river after R.I.R.R. Freight wreck. 8-18-38. Weight 733200 Power 67000. Draw Bar booster 70000 LBS. Cost 115,000.00 Yurile Stv ---
Misc Info: Picture of a train engine that is beat up. Building behind it and man standing in front of it.
Subject: Train wreck
Cimarron River
RI RR freight train
O.B. Wimmer
Walter Walker
brakeman holder
Pratt, Kansas
fireman Powell
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Other: Typed note in seperate sleeve same #.