The Crash at Crush

The Crash at Crush (HMNZV)

Location: West, TX 76691 McLennan County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 44.816', W 97° 6.227'

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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.
Year Placed1976
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 8:10am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 679612 N 3513949
Decimal Degrees31.74693333, -97.10378333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 44.816', W 97° 6.227'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 44' 48.96" N, 97° 6' 13.62" W
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Area Code(s)254
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1603 Interstate 35 Frontage Road, West TX 76691, US
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