Budds Creek Disaster Day of Remembrance

Montgomery County, Tennessee, Mayor Jim Durrett declared July 28, 2019, as Budds Creek Disaster Day of Remembrance.

The proclamation honors the sesquicentennial of a Memphis, Clarksville & Louisville Railroad disaster on July 28, 1869, at Budds Creek in southern Montgomery County. Five people died in the wreck, including the train’s engineer, fireman and several passengers.

The Memphis, Clarksville & Louisville formed an integral part of the railroad link between New Orleans and New York. The Louisville & Nashville purchased the railroad in 1871 and operated it as part of its Memphis Branch for more than a century.

Durrett issued the proclamation at the request of Todd DeFeo, the editor and publisher of Railfanning.org.

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