(0.5 Mi. E)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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|Series||This marker is part of the Strange But True series|
|Placed By||Texas Historical Commission|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 3:23am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||14R E 680606 N 3520329|
|Decimal Degrees||31.80430000, -97.09211667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 31° 48.258', W 97° 5.527'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||31° 48' 15.48" N, 97° 5' 31.62" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 307 N Washington St, West TX 76691, US|
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