Past Dates & Times
- Thursday, Jul 20, 2017 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
Tennessee State Museum
505 Deaderick St
On Thursday, July 20, local historian Betsy Thorpe will present “Wartime Casualties at Home: How Nationalization of the Railways During WWI Led to the Deadliest Train Crash in U.S. History.” In July of 1918, two steam locomotives collided head-on in a cornfield at the edge of Nashville, taking the lives of more than 100 people and injuring at least 300 others. Thorpe, the author of "The Day the Whistles Cried," will explore the backdrop of wartime urgency and human error that helped cause this tragic disaster. She will also focus on how the racial and societal divisions of the early 20th century helped decide who would perish and who would survive the deadly train wreck at Dutchman’s Curve.