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Crash at Crush--1

Photographers: Deane, J. C.; Deane, Martin; Bergstrom, Louis


Title: Crash at Crush: “Shaking Hands”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


Box 5


The “Crash at Crush” was a theatrical publicity stunt organized by William George Crush, an agent for the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad. Each 35-ton locomotive was pulling six boxcars that served as premier advertising space. Spectators gathered on both sides of the four-mile track to witness the event. The conductors shook hands and boarded their respective engines. Once the trains were in motion, these gentlemen wisely jumped out.



You’ll find this image in the John Oscar Birgen "Swede" Johnson papers at The Texas Collection, Baylor University. Rights: Some rights reserved. Visit for more information about our collections.

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Uploaded on June 10, 2015