1889 Thaxton Train Wreck

1889 Thaxton Train Wreck (HM1LD2)

Location: Thaxton, VA 24174 Bedford County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 21.081', W 79° 37.597'

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On 2 July 1889, a heavy storm turned nearby Wolf Creek into a raging river. The railroad embankment known as Newman's Fill, just north of here, became saturated. About 1:25 AM, it collapsed under the weight of Norfolk & Western Passenger Train Number Two, heading east from Roanoke. The train plunged into the washout. Survivors remained stranded for hours, while passengers trapped inside died in a fire that ripped through the wreckage. At least 18 people perished in one of Virginia's worst railroad accidents. In Cleveland, Tennessee, a monument was erected to honor three young residents killed in the wreck.
HM NumberHM1LD2
Marker NumberK 160
Year Placed2014
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, June 27th, 2015 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 621636 N 4134734
Decimal Degrees37.35135000, -79.62661667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 21.081', W 79° 37.597'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 21' 4.86" N, 79° 37' 35.82" W
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Area Code(s)540
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5151-5169 US-221, Thaxton VA 24174, US
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