Was Bloody Run Creek Really McCarthy Creek?


On December 13, 1911, a logging train was sitting fully loaded and the conductor told the head of the crew that the hill was too steep and icy to move because of an ice storm the night before. The conductor told him to stop worrying and get moving. He did as told.  I would think that an engineer would have better information than a conductor on the status and safety of a track.  It should have been up to the engineer on whether to proceed or not and not at the whims of a ticket taker.

When the train began to move down the hill almost instantly it began to slip. Suddenly the train hit an icy spot and began to slide uncontrollably down the hill. At the bottom of the hill was a curve and the moment the train hit the curve it derailed and hit the dirt causing the cars, loaded with logs and the men sitting on them to launch into the air. A “creek”, which was really a small river, was just around the curve was less than 100 feet away. The only witness said he could see the wheels, logs. cars, coupling pins-and the mangled bodies of the log-watchers raining down into the river. Now some say from time to time, a red fog can be seen in the water of a creek called Bloody Run.

Now was this “creek” a river or not?  No one knows for sure just what the original name of that stream was so perhaps it was McCarthy Creek?  That creek is found in the place where the crash was said to have occurred which was in Peacock,Michigan, and within the boundaries of SaubleTownship.  So just maybe it was McCarthy Creek all the time?  Oh, and there is NO Bloody Run Creek in Lake County anyway so I think that Bloody Run was only a temporary nickname to describe what happened there.  Make sense? 

2 thoughts on “Was Bloody Run Creek Really McCarthy Creek?

  1. let me tell ya what u can see the little creek or whatever u want to call this summer it was red and i have seen it personally and where the wreck of this train happened i have been there also its called by many bloody run hill and u can hear the train engine and u can hear the train whistle and i am being serious on that one i have gone and expireces all of this and i have even heared the moans and crys of the ones who got killed. i heard the whistle go on for a few and like for 5 or ten minutes repeat its self all over again. i belive deep down that this horrible accident repeats itself over and over again every night and every hour or whatever it is. but i pray for the people who died in this accident pass over and not have to relive this accident everyday.

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  2. Bloody Run Creek flows out of the sauble lakes in Lake County about 5 miles west of Peacock. now known as Big Sauble river. The railroad grade where the accident happened is now an unimproved trail poking around in the area with a metal detector can occasionally yield a coupler pin or more often railroad spikes.

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