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Great Train Wreck of 1918... Nashville...

Item # 699729

July 09, 1918

EVENING TRIBUNE, San Diego, July 9, 1918

* Great Train Wreck of 1918
* Nashville, Tennessee disaster
* Worst rail accident in U.S. history

The front page has a nice banner headline: "TWENTY-FIVE KILLED" with subhead. (see images) Nice for display. Surprisingly this issue is in good condition being from the "wood pulp" era. Very hard to find issues that are not totally fragile from this era in paper. Rare as such.
Complete with 14 pages, small library stamp within the masthead, small stain from a library label being removed slightly affects the headline, a little irregular along the spine, generally nice.

wikipedia notes: The Great Train Wreck of 1918 occurred on July 9, 1918, in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. Two passenger trains, operated by the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway, collided head-on, costing at least 101 lives and injuring an additional 171. It is considered the worst rail accident in U.S. history, though estimates of the death toll of this accident overlap with that of the Malbone Street Wreck in Brooklyn, New York, the same year.
The two trains involved were the No. 4, scheduled to depart Nashville for Memphis, Tennessee, at 7:00 a.m.; and the No. 1 from Memphis, about half an hour late for a scheduled arrival in Nashville at 7:10 a.m. At about 7:20 a.m., the two trains collided while traversing a section of single track line known as "Dutchman's Curve" west of downtown Nashville, in the present-day neighborhood of Belle Meade. The trains were each traveling at an estimated 50 to 60 mph. The impact derailed them both, and destroyed several wooden cars.

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