Remembering the 1920 Wall Street Bombing

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The 1920 dynamite attack that took place on Wall Street just steps from the NYSE and the spot where George Washington was sworn in was one of the worst attacks on U.S. soil in history but is all but forgotten today.

Here is a little historical crash course about “The Corner” as the incident became known.

At noon on September 16, 1920 a horse-drawn wagon passed by lunchtime crowds on Wall Street in New York City. The wagon then stopped across the street from the headquarters of the J.P. Morgan Inc. bank at 23 Wall Street, on the Financial District’s busiest corner. Inside, 100 pounds of dynamite with 500 pounds of heavy, cast-iron sash weights exploded in a timer-set detonation, sending the slugs tearing through the air. The horse and wagon were blasted into small fragments. More than thirty people were killed and most of the victims were messengers, stenographers, clerks and brokers. It caused over $2 million in property damage and wrecked most of the interior spaces of the Morgan building.

Aftermath of the explosion.

Aftermath of the explosion, .

Remnants of the damage from the 1920 bombing on 23 Wall Street.

Remnants of the damage from the 1920 bombing on 23 Wall Street is still visable today.

Victims being rushed away from the scene.

Victims being rushed away from the scene.

Panorama of "the Corner" today. (via flickr.com)

Panorama of "the Corner" today. (via flickr.com)

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