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September 2014 - Week 3                                                   AUDIO VERSION

                                                                                                                

TITLE: THE CRASH AT CRUSH

SEPTEMBER 1896 AND A PUBLICITY STUNT ENDS IN DISASTER.


THIS WEEK IN TEXAS HISTORY, BROUGHT TO YOU BY KLUP, ALAMO CITY REPUBLICAN WOMEN, AND THE SAVE TEXAS HISTORY PROGRAM OF THE GENERAL LAND OFFICE.


SEPTEMBER 15TH, 1896. NORTH OF WACO. TO BOOST RIDERSHIP, RAILROAD PROMOTER WILLIAM CRUSH IS STAGING THE CRASH OF TWO STEAM TRAINS FOR A CROWD OF ONLOOKERS. THE SPECTACLE DRAWS 40,000 TO A HASTILY BUILT RAILSTOP, APTLY NAMED . . . CRUSH.


AT 5PM, ENGINES 999 AND 1001 START DOWN THE TRACK. MOMENTS LATER . . . THEY COLLIDE! THE BOILERS EXPLODE, WOUNDING SIX SPECTATORS AND KILLING TWO.


DESPITE THE DISASTER, THE PUBLIC LOVES IT. SCOTT JOPLIN EVEN WRITES A TUNE CELEBRATING THE EVENT.
THE “CRASH AT CRUSH” OCCURRED 118 YEARS AGO, THIS WEEK IN TEXAS HISTORY.


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Contreras, Hernán. "Origins of Boss Rule in Starr County." M.A. thesis, University of Houston, 2008.

(http://los-tejanos.com/writings/research/Origins_of_boss_rule1b.pdf), accessed August 21, 2014.