The public is invited to attend the unveiling of a Nebraska State Historical Marker in Wilderness Park at 10 a.m. Monday, August 9. The marker - commemorating the 1894 Rock Island train wreck at the site - will be placed near the Jamaica North Trail near Densmore Park. Public parking is available in the Wilderness Park parking lot on Old Cheney Road just east of Highway 77. Shuttle bus service is available from the parking lot just east of Highway 77 on Old Cheney Road. Attendees wishing to be bused to the site should arrive at the parking lot by 9:30 a.m.
The wreck happened on August 9, 1894 when a northbound Rock Island train derailed from the trestle, crashed and burned. Eleven people were killed despite the heroic action of brakeman Harry Foote, who rescued many. G.W. Davis was convicted of the crime in 1895, but was paroled 10 years later by Governor John Micky.
The sign was donated by Dr. Joel Williamsen and family. Williamsen discovered the story while researching his novel, Barrelhouse Boys, a work of historical fiction which takes place largely in Lincoln's Haymarket area. The book was published in 2009.