A gaslight explosion

Former Louisville Mayor Thomas Howell Crawford met a tragic end.
In 1809, Dr. Ephraim McDowell removed a 22-pound ovarian cyst from Jane Todd Crawford. The operation took place at his house in Danville, Kentucky. Library of Congress.
Thomas Howell Crawford.
The Louisville Water Company Pumping Station, built in 1860 when Crawford was mayor of Louisville. Library of Congress.
A train crosses the Ohio River at Louisville in 1870, a year before Crawford died in a tragic accident. Library of Congress.
Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville.



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Stuart W. Sanders

Stuart W. Sanders

Writes about history. Author of four books, including the new “Murder on the Ohio Belle,” published by the University Press of Kentucky.