Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Dutchman's Curve Train Wreck

Marker ID: NHC 128
Location: on White Bridge Pike 0.1 miles east of Post Road, Nashville, TN
County: Davidson
Coordinates: N 36° 7.633    W 086° 51.023
  36.12721666    -86.85038333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


The deadliest train wreck in U.S. history occurred on July 9, 1918, when two crowded trains collided head-on at Dutchman’s Curve. the impact caused passenger cars to derail into surrounding cornfields, and fires broke out throughout the wreckage. Over 100 died, including many African-American workers journeying to work at the munitions plant near Old Hickory.

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