Southern Mysteries Podcast

Episode 65 The Crash at Crush

March 9, 2020

In September 1896, William Crush proposed his Texas railroad, the Katy Line, stage a head on collision of locomotives. Staged wrecks were big hits in other states, but the Crash at Crush became one of the deadliest publicity stunts in US history

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Discussion Group

Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use

***Additional Music: “Surrender”, “Casey Don’t You Fret” and “Last Train to Mars” by Dan Lebowitz; “I Need to Start Writing This Down” by Chris Zebriske; “Lost Cowboy” by Coyote Hearing; “Dude, Where’s My Horse” by Nat Keefe and the Bowties; “Slow Hammers” by The Mini Vandals; “Amazing Grace” by Cooper Cannell; Northern Lights” and “Tupelo Train” by Chris Haugen Licensed under Creative Commons.

Great Crush Collision March by Scott Joplin. 1896. Performed by Eunhye Shin. Produced by Stephen Bolech. Performance arranged by Eric Ames.