Wreck at the Fat Nancy

Wreck at the Fat Nancy (HMRTI)

Location: Orange, VA 22960 Orange County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 14.355', W 78° 8.967'

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Here, on 12 July 1888, occurred one of Virginia's largest train disasters, the wreck of the Virginia Midland Railroad's Train 52, the Piedmont Airline. As it crossed the 44-foot-high, 487-foot-long trestle, called the Fat Nancy for a local African American woman who served as a trestle watcher and reported problems, the trestle collapsed. Nine passengers were killed, including two Confederate veterans, and more than two dozen were injured. Also killed was civil engineer Cornelius G. Cox, who had earlier designed the current culvert and earthen fill to replaced the unstable trestle. Former Confederate Lt. Gen. James Longstreet, another passenger, survived.
Marker NumberJJ 3
Year Placed2007
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 5:51am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 749479 N 4236203
Decimal Degrees38.23925000, -78.14945000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 14.355', W 78° 8.967'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 14' 21.30" N, 78° 8' 58.02" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 12954-13098 Constitution Hwy, Orange VA 22960, US
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