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Wreck at the Fat Nancy
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member VirginiaSeeker
N 38° 14.356 W 078° 08.968
17S E 749478 N 4236205
Quick Description: Train disaster occurs when trestle collapses.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 9/14/2008 10:56:16 AM
Waymark Code: WM4P4K
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member tiki-4
Views: 37

Long Description:
Wreck at the Fat Nancy
Here, on 12 July 1888, occurred one of Virginia's largest train disasters, the wreck of the Virginia Midland Railroad's Train 52, the Piedmont Airline, as it crossed the 44-foot-high, 487-foot-long trestle, called the Fat Nancy for a local African American woman who served as trestle watcher and reported problems, the trestle collapsed. Nine passengers were killed, including two Confederate veterans, and more than two dozen were injured. Also killed was civil engineer Cornelius G. Cox, who had earlier designed the current culvert and earthen fill to replace the unstable trestle. Former Confederate Lt. Gen. James Longstreet, another passenger, survived.
Marker Number: JJ3

Marker Title: Wreck at the Fat Nancy

Marker Location: Rt. 20 west of Orange

County or Independent City: Orange County.

Marker Program Sponsor: Department of Historic Resources

Web Site: Not listed

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