The Crash at Crush

The Crash at Crush (HM14J5)

Location: West, TX 76691 McLennan County
Country: United States of America

N 31° 48.258', W 97° 5.527'

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A head-on collision between two locomotives was staged on Sept. 15, 1896, as a publicity stunt for the Missouri, Kansas & Texas railroad. Over 30,000 spectators gathered at the crash site, named "Crush" for MKT passenger agent William G. Crush, who conceived the idea. About 4 p.m. the trains were sent speeding toward each other. Contrary to mechanics' predictions, the steam boilers exploded on impact, propelling pieces of metal into the crowd. Two persons were killed and many others injured, including Jarvis Deane of Waco, who was photographing the event.
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HM NumberHM14J5
Series This marker is part of the Strange But True series
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Marker Number5315
Year Placed1976
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 3:23am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 680606 N 3520329
Decimal Degrees31.80430000, -97.09211667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 48.258', W 97° 5.527'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 48' 15.48" N, 97° 5' 31.62" W
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Area Code(s)254
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 307 N Washington St, West TX 76691, US
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