Crash at Crush--5
Photographers: Deane, J. C.; Deane, Martin; Bergstrom, Louis
Title: Crash at Crush: “The Crowd at the Wreck”
Date: 1896 September 15
Place: Crush, Texas (15 miles north of Waco)
Medium: Photo enlargement reproduced from a silver gelatin print
Collection: John Oscar Birgen “Swede” Johnson Papers 2284
Crowds linger at the crash site of the two locomotives. Waco photo journalist Deane lost an eye after he was struck by flying debris. While some of the spectators were concerned with the welfare of others, many swarmed the crash site for a souvenir in commemoration of one of Texas’ most disastrous publicity stunts.
You’ll find this image in the John Oscar Birgen "Swede" Johnson collection at The Texas Collection, Baylor University. Rights: Some rights reserved. Visit www.baylor.edu/lib/texas/ for more information about our collections.