January 9, 2012

The Great Train Crash at Crush, Texas, 1896

Texas built part of its big reputation for big, outlandish events and one particular event of magnificent and catastrophic proportions happened in September of 1896.

An agent for the Katy Railroad, George Crush, decided to have two locomotives crash, head-on, in the hurriedly put together "town" of Crush, Texas. He planned it as a publicity stunt to draw more train fares and riders. As you will read in the article, it didn't go quite like he had planned.

Crush was just south of West, Texas and north of Waco, Texas in what is now a privately owned cow pasture. The town was the second largest in Texas at the time but by nightfall of this historic day, it didn't have one resident to claim. All that's left of the occasion is a historical marker that was erected in 1977 to commemorate the uhmmm, crazy event.

Click on the link below, "Crash at Crush"  to read the story and then enjoy Texas Music Star Brian Burns rendition of "Crash at Crush" in the video below.

"I may not get much done, but I sure am slow"...