Washington State Historical Society,
and State Capital Museum,
Sacrifices to Gods of Iron:
Historic Train Wrecks of Southern Puget Sound (and Elsewhere)
Russell Holter, Railroad Historian
Monday, September 10, 2012 @ Noon
State Capital Museum
211 – 21st Ave. SW, Olympia
Railroads have played crucial roles in regional history. Russell Holter, preservation design reviewer and coauthor of Rails to Paradise: The History of the Tacoma Eastern Railroad (1890-1919), has researched Washington railroads and their crashes. Some accidents proved to be comical in nature, while many others were tragic. In this power point presentation Russell will present the dramatic stories of several railroad wrecks. One of the featured accidents will be the infamous March 13, 1959 crash of a runaway, crewless train that resulted in many casualties and destroyed half a city block in downtown Olympia.
This public program is part of the Noon-Time Lecture Series at the State Capital Museum. Suggested donation to each presentation is $2. You are welcome to bring lunch. Coffee, tea and cookies will be served.