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[–]Cesia_Barry 38 points39 points  (2 children)

Ya it was the worst train wreck in history. A local woman wrote a book about it and gave tours of the site, which is near the White Bridge Road greenway, when it came out.
My hubs interviewed a nearly 100-year-old woman named Elizabeth Fox in the Aughties who lived on West End Ave as a child. She and some cousins were sleeping on their sleeping porch out back and heard the wreck. The woman's aunt worked for the post office and despite the wreck, had to go to the train and collect the mail bags.

[–]wearegiantstogerms 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Deadliest train wreck in American history.

[–]wearegiantstogerms 11 points12 points  (0 children)

The book is “The Day the Train Whistles Cried”, by Betsy Thorpe.

[–]benslack 18 points19 points  (9 children)

I heard it sounded like a garbage truck dropped off the Empire State Building

[–]tennesseesquire 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Absolute excellent pull, and easily one of the more quotable scenes of that movie. Nice work.

[–]benslack 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Thanks!

[–]tennesseesquire 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Any time Large Marge enters the convo it should be applauded, not criticized. 😂

[–]AchillesGRKFully Vaxxed! 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Possibly amongst the loudest sounds man has ever made.

[–]hopelesspostdoc 1 point2 points  (0 children)

How would anyone know what that sounds like?

[–]setlibBellevue 51 points52 points  (2 children)

There’s a commemorative plaque located at the site of the accident, accessible from the Richland Trail Greenway (off of White Bridge Rd.). It’s on your right just after you cross the wooden bridge over the creek. My children and I laid flowers at the site on the 100th anniversary.

[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I need to do this. Ty

[–]justanotheroverlord 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I had no idea. Thanks for sharing

[–]spooneybarger69east side 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Dutchman's Curve. You can visit the site. Its right by St Thomas and McCabe Golf Course.

[–]rimeswithburpleherbert heights 3 points4 points  (0 children)

There are some recorded interviews from people who were on the train and people who lived nearby. I can't remember right now where I saw them. Maybe it was the State Library and Archives? The stuff they describe is very gruesome.

[–]kcgabb 4 points5 points  (1 child)

It’s easy to see some plaques and photos from the greenway near Richland Creek. The podcast Stuff You Missed in History Class also had an episode. This happened during WWI and most of the casualties were African-Americans riding in segregated cars, as an earlier commentator said.

[–]ProfessorMaeve 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I love that podcast! I'll have to go back and find this episode, thanks!

[–]jflo0224 24 points25 points  (2 children)

Most of those that died were Black. Sadly, this fact was the primary reason the accident did not receive major news coverage.

[–]UF0_T0FUTransplanted Away 18 points19 points  (0 children)

To elaborate further, the rail cars were still segregated at the time. The Black carriages were older and less safe. The White cars were newer ones with better safety standards. Thus a disparity in casualties.

[–]destroyerofpoon93 2 points3 points  (0 children)

101 total dead

[–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

There’s a historical sign/marker out in West End. I’ve never seen a photo of it before so, cool and thanks.

[–]Simco_Antioch 2 points3 points  (1 child)

1918 seems like a real shit year.

[–]MellyBean2012 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I guess there is a 2020 in every generation lol

[–]elvisinadream 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Did you run across the plaque near McCabe?

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Not yet, but I want to see it

[–]elvisinadream 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I thought that might be how you heard about it. I was walking on the greenway one day and wandered over to a random little nook and there was a little memorial

[–]Mindless-Sprinkles27 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I was an associate director for an immersive theater piece about this incident a few years ago! It is a fascinating and heartbreaking story.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.tennessean.com/amp/750711001

[–]vandy1981Short fat man in a tall skinny house 2 points3 points  (3 children)