St. Thomas began
to grow rapidly in the late 1800's thanks to central location
it was around the one day mark for passengers travelling
between Buffalo and Detroit. Although the major reason for
prosperity in the county, the rail also brought its fair
share of tragedy.
section includes the story of the 1887 train wreck on the London
and Port Stanley Railway that injured and killed many as hot
oil was spread over St. Thomas. This section also includes the
story of the death of Jumbo, an event for which St. Thomas gained
fame and notoriety. Finally, this section concludes with
the terrible murder of William Henry Hendershott.