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Pekin honors 100 year anniversary of a tragic steamboat accident

PEKIN - Members of the community are honoring the 100 year anniversary of the Columbia Steamboat tragedy.

Many gathered at the Pekin Library to learn about the steamboat that sunk in the Illinois River in 1918. It resulted in the death of nearly 90 passengers.

100 years later author of the book, The Wreck of the Columbia, Ken Zurski, reflects on the impact the event has had on the community.

“It’s tragedies like this that really bring communities together," says Zurski, "We see that 100 years ago, when the whole community came together. We are not just honoring and remembering the victims, but we are honoring those who served that night.”

The Columbia Steamboat sunk on the shoreline of Wesley City, now known as the Village of Creve Coeur. 


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