Crash at Crush--2
Photographers: Deane, J. C.; Deane, Martin; Bergstrom, Louis
Title: Crash at Crush: “The Trains Just as They Struck.”
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
This was the moment 40,000 people from across the region had gathered to see. At approximately 4:00 p.m. local time, locomotives No. 999 and No. 1001 collided with one another at a combined speed of 120 miles per hour. Seconds later, the eruption of both engines’ boilers propelled hot shrapnel into thecrowds, killing three and wounding even more.
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.