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The Crash at Crush

(0.5 Mi. E)

 
 
The Crash at Crush Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Gregory Walker, September 17, 2010
1. The Crash at Crush Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
Erected 1976 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 5315.)
 
Location. 31° 44.816′ N, 97° 6.227′ W. Marker is in West, Texas, in McLennan County. Marker is on I-35, North-bound frontage road. 1.3 miles north of Farm to Market Road 3149, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: West TX 76691, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. West (approx. 3.9 miles away); Groppe Building (approx. 3.9 miles away); a different marker also named The Crash at Crush (approx. 4 miles away); Abbott Schools
Location of Crash at Crush Marker. Photo, Click for full size
By Gregory Walker, September 17, 2010
2. Location of Crash at Crush Marker.
(approx. 9.6 miles away); L.C. McKamie (approx. 9.6 miles away); Abbott Baptist Church (approx. 9.7 miles away); Abbott (approx. 9.7 miles away); Abbott United Methodist Church (approx. 9.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in West.
 
Also see . . .
1. Article with photos of the crash at TexasEscapes. (Submitted on September 19, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas.)
2. Article about the crash at the Handbook of Texas. (Submitted on September 19, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Potentially marker was moved from here to near Depot of West.
There is another "Crash at Crush" marker in the database (# 35909, see nearby markers). Potentially these two entries are the same as they share the same THC number (5315). Potentially the marker was moved from here near the crash site to the center of town near the Depot.
    — Submitted August 4, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of San Salvador, El Salvador.

 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 6,383 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on August 4, 2016.
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