Southern Mysteries Podcast

Episode 59 Christmas Eve Nightmare in Saltville

December 9, 2019

On December 24, 1924, Saltville, Virginia was covered in what witnesses described as a “blanket of white”. The town’s muck dam ruptured, sending tons of alkali sludge pouring into the community. Was the deadliest dam failure in Virginia history intentional? Who was responsible? Learn more about Saltville and see photos of the town in the days following the disaster in the show notes at

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MUSIC Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Panthernburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use ***Additional Music: “Elegy” by Wayne Jones; "Passing Time”, “Fairy Tale Waltz”, “Dark Times” and “Drone in D” by Kevin McLeod. “Prelude No 1” by Chris Zabriske. All music licensed under Creative Commons