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The Crash at Crush

(0.5 Mi. E)

 
 
The Crash at Crush Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 15, 2012
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.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Believe It or Not marker series.
 
Location. 31° 48.258′ N, 97° 5.527′ W. Marker is in West, Texas, in McLennan County. Marker is on N Washington Street near W Broadway Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located next to the Katy Depot. Marker is in this post office area: West TX 76691, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Groppe Building (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); West (approx.
The Crash at Crush Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 15, 2012
2. The Crash at Crush Marker
0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Crash at Crush (approx. 4 miles away); Abbott Schools (approx. 5.5 miles away); L.C. McKamie (approx. 5.6 miles away); Abbott Baptist Church (approx. 5.7 miles away); Abbott (approx. 5.7 miles away); Abbott United Methodist Church (approx. 5.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in West.
 
Also see . . .  Lone Star Junction - Crash at Crush -- 1896. Within hours, the Katy cranes had removed the larger debris; souvenir seekers took care of the rest. Crush (the town), which that afternoon had been the second largest city in Texas, was fully depopulated by midnight. (Submitted on September 22, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Potentially marker was moved here from closer to crash site.
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 near
The Katy Depot at West image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 15, 2012
3. The Katy Depot at West
the crash site to the center of town near the Depot.
    — Submitted August 4, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.

 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
The Crash at Crush Marker, far end of Katy Depot image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 15, 2012
4. The Crash at Crush Marker, far end of Katy Depot
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 900 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on August 4, 2016.
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