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S.S. Eastland

Chicago suffered its worst loss-of-life tragedy on July 24th, 1915. On this fateful day, the SS Eastland rolled onto its side trapping over 2,500 passengers in the ship. As the Eastland capsized, many of the passengers and crew were crushed by the heavy furniture and debris, while others were trapped and drown. In total, 844 passengers and crew members died. In the hours and days that followed, many Chicago establishments were used as makeshift morgues to house the victims' bodies that were recovered from the Eastland and the Chicago River. One of the many establishments was the Reid Murdoch Center, where numerous sightings of spirits and uneasy feelings have been reported through the years since the tragedy. In addition to the makeshift morgue at the Reid Murdoch Center, people have claimed to see spirits and uncommon wave patterns on the Chicago River where the Eastland turned over between Clark and LaSalle Streets.

Many of the passengers and crew were crushed by the heavy furniture and most were trapped and left to drown. In total, 844 passengers and crew members died. Many Chicago establishments were used as makeshift morgues to house the retrieved bodies. The currently named Castle Nightclub and Oprah's Harpo Studios were used, and have had numerous reports of sightings of spirits and uneasy feelings. In addition to the makeshift morgue sights, people have claimed to see spirits and uncommon wave patterns on the stretch of river where the Eastland turned over between Clark and LaSalle.

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