Wreck of the Old 97 1903

Story Behind The Song

The Wreck of the Old 97 was an American rail disaster involving the Southern Railway mail train, officially known as the Fast Mail, while en route from Monroe, Virginia, to Spencer, North Carolina, on September 27, 1903. Due to excessive speed in an attempt to maintain schedule, the train derailed at the Stillhouse Trestle near Danville, Virginia, where it careened off the side of the bridge, killing eleven on-board personnel and injuring seven others.

Song Length 2:51 Genre Country - Americana
Similar Artists Johnny Cash
Lyrics G. B. Grayson, Henry Whitter Music G. B. Grayson, Henry Whitter
Performance Steve Argereow

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