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Wreck of the Old 97

 
 
Wreck of the Old 97 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 17, 2013
1. Wreck of the Old 97 Marker
Inscription. Here, on September 27, 1908, occurred the railroad wreck that inspired the popular ballad, "The Wreck of the Old 97". The southbound mail express train on the Southern Railroad left the tracks on a trestle and plunged into the ravine below. Nine persons were killed and seven injured, one of the worst train wrecks in Virginia history.
 
Erected 1947 by Virginia Conservation Commission. (Marker Number Q-5B.)
 
Location. 36° 35.733′ N, 79° 23.55′ W. Marker is in Danville, Virginia. Marker is on Riverside Drive (U.S. 58), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Danville VA 24540, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Frederick Delius (approx. 0.4 miles away); North Danville (approx. 0.4 miles away); High Street Baptist Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Danville System (approx. 0.6 miles away); Bloody Monday (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Worsham Street Bridge (approx. 0.6 miles away); Danville Tobacco Warehouse and Residential District (approx. 0.6 miles away); Confederate Prison No. 6 (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wreck of the Old 97
Wreck of the Old 97 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 17, 2013
2. Wreck of the Old 97 Marker
. Virginia Encyclopedia entry with some details of the wreck, the song, and legal issues surrounding the song. (Submitted on February 17, 2013, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Wreck of the Old 97 recording. A 1925 audio recording of the ballad. (Submitted on February 17, 2013, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Wreck of the Old 97 article. From the Blue Ridge Institute. Provides more details of the wreck, newspaper accounts, and lyrics of the ballad. (Submitted on February 17, 2013, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

4. Video - Wreck of the Old 97. From a member of the Danville Historical Society. (Submitted on February 17, 2013, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
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Ravine beside the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 17, 2013
3. Ravine beside the Marker
Wreck of the Old 97 image. Click for full size.
By WikiCommons
4. Wreck of the Old 97
Photo apparently taken a few days after the wreck. The engine has been righted for recovery.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 17, 2013, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 679 times since then and 77 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 17, 2013, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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