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Waverly in Humphreys County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Waverly Disaster

 
 
Waverly Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 19, 2020
1. Waverly Disaster Marker
Inscription.  February 24, 1978 at 2:55 p.m., two days after the derailment of twenty-four cars of the L&N railroad, a tanker containing 20,000 gallons of propane gas exploded. The resulting destruction of homes and businesses seems insignificant when measured against the loss of sixteen lives and permanent injury to eighty persons. The dedication of those who came to the assistance of the city of Waverly and who gave their lives as a result of the disaster will not be forgotten.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: DisastersRailroads & Streetcars. A significant historical date for this entry is February 24, 1978.
 
Location. 36° 5.242′ N, 87° 47.529′ W. Marker is in Waverly, Tennessee, in Humphreys County. Marker is on East Railroad Avenue, 0.1 miles west of Richland Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 107 Richland Ave, Waverly TN 37185, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Waverly Disaster (a few steps from this marker); Hotel Dixieland (approx. 0.2 miles away); Porch-Reed School (approx. ¼ mile away); McAdoo House
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(approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named The McAdoo House (approx. ¼ mile away); Reynoldsburg (approx. 0.3 miles away); Court House Bell (approx. 0.3 miles away); Humphreys County War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waverly.
 
Also see . . .  Waverly, Tennessee Tank Car Explosion (Wikipedia). (Submitted on September 21, 2020, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
 
Waverly Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 19, 2020
2. Waverly Disaster Marker
Waverly Disaster Victims image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 19, 2020
3. Waverly Disaster Victims
This stone lists those killed in the disaster.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 21, 2020, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 155 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 21, 2020, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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