Mystery footage found of 1915 Chicago River disaster

February 10, 2015 3:09 PM

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Ted Wachholz couldn't believe his eyes: He opened Facebook on Saturday morning and saw film footage of the SS Eastland disaster, which claimed 844 lives on the Chicago River in 1915, the Chicago Tribune reports.

"I'm reasonably confident that this is the first opportunity that the public has had" to see footage of the disaster, says Wachholz, who heads the Eastland Disaster Historical Society.

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