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Posted on: September 5, 2019

Lecture and Book Signing at Railroad & Heritage Museum

Join the Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum for a lecture and book signing of Mike Cox’s latest publication, The Train Crash at Crush: America's Deadliest Publicity Stunt on Saturday, September 14th from 10:00 a.m. to noon.

Exhaustively researched, this book is the most complete telling of one of America’s wackiest stories—the crashing of two locomotives on September 15, 1896 in a town named Crush, Texas—a town that lasted only for a day. Cox’s book brings to life the characters involved in this marketing stunt by the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad to drum up business at the turn of the century and will appeal to railroad buffs and history fans alike. Lecture starts at 10:00 a.m., with book signing to follow. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

Mike Cox is the author of more than 30 non-fiction books. Over a freelance career of more than 50 years, he also has written hundreds of articles and essays for a wide variety of publications. His best-selling work was a two-volume, 250,000-word history of the Texas Rangers, published by Forge Books in New York in 2008 and 2009. His works have earned him a Will Rogers medallion, the A.C. Green Award for Lifetime achievement, and membership in the Texas Institute of Letters.

The Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum is located in the historic Santa Fe Depot at 315 West Avenue B in downtown Temple. The museum is open 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday.

For more information about this and upcoming events at the Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum, please call 254.298.5172 or visit