Here, on September 27, 1903, occurred the railroad wreck that inspired the popular ballad, "The Wreck of the Old 97." The southbound mail express train on the Southern Railroad left the tracks on a trestle and plunged into the ravine below. Nine persons were killed and seven injured, one of the worst train wrecks in Virginia history.
Geographic Location: Danville
Physical Description of Location: Danville, VA 24540. Located on Riverside Drive (Hwy 58), 0.5 miles northwest of the intersection of Riverside Drive (Hwy 58) and North Main Street (Rt. 293). Marker is on the left when traveling northwest on Riverside Drive (Hwy 58).
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