Wreck of the Old 97

Wreck of the Old 97 (HM172U)

Location: Danville, VA 24540
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 35.733', W 79° 23.55'

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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.
HM NumberHM172U
Marker NumberQ-5B
Year Placed1947
Placed ByVirginia Conservation Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 5:45am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 643788 N 4051209
Decimal Degrees36.59555000, -79.39250000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 35.733', W 79° 23.55'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 35' 43.98" N, 79° 23' 33.00" W
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Area Code(s)434, 804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 400-456 US-58 BUS, Danville VA 24540, US
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