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Only one fatal accident occured during the construction of the Pilgrim Monument at Provincetown. A severe thunderstorm accompanied by lightning rent the skies of Provincetown on August 5, 1908.

Near the base of the monument stood a granite car, used to transport the large stone blocks up the hill. Evidently the lightning broke it loose from its fastenings, and it plunged down the steep slope of the hill with terrific velocity. At the base it crashed through a timber structure, built as a stopper, bounded across the street at the foot of the hill, and fatally injured Mrs. Rosilla Bangs, an 85 year old Provincetown woman.

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Posted by Cape Cod - (website) on 11/19/08
Categories: HistoryProvincetown
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