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Product Details

  • Paperback: 157 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (August 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596298766
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596298767
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The story of Danville s Wreck of the Old 97 just keeps on rolling. On the last weekend of May, Larry Aaron, author of Wreck of the Old 97, gave a presentation on the subject at the 29th Annual International Country Music Conference at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. Aaron is a local writer, historian and teacher in the Pittsylvania County School system. "Wreck of the Old 97" was published in 2010 with The History Press and includes previously unpublished information and pictures of the 1903 wreck.

"My book is now in its third printing and was nominated for the Non Fiction Prize at the 2011 Library of Virginia's Literary Awards," Aaron said. "And at least two college professors are using my book in their classes."

The famous train wreck occurred when the No. 97 Southern Railway mail train, going too fast, plummeted off a 45-foot trestle in North Danville. Ten people died that day in the accident, including engineer Steve Broady, who has been always been blamed for the wreck for driving too fast to make up for lost time.

Aaron's book treats Broady more kindly.

The wreck also inspired a famous ballad, "The Wreck of the Old 97," which began country music in the U.S. --GoDanRiver.com

About the Author

Larry Aaron is associate editor of Evince newsmagazine and a published historian from Danville, Virginia. He has received first-place awards for his writing from the Virginia Press Association and also edited the award-winning book Danville in the Civil War by Lawrence McFall. Among his published works are Aaron Ancestors of Pittsylvania County, Virginia, a genealogical study; Keppy's War, the memoirs of Captain John Kepchar in World War II; The Race to the Dan, a history of events in the southern campaign during the American Revolution; and Pittsylvania County: A Brief History, published by The History Press.

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I found it to be the best book yet on the subject.
Philip R. Watlington
The author did a great job of relaying the tale in an interesting manner, and sharing the background on those involved.
Mae Clair
This book was full of information pertaining to actual facts of the wreck and many eyewitness accounts.
Southern Gentleman

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Philip R. Watlington on September 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
Having lived in Danville, Virginia for over 48 years, I've heard many stores about the wreck of the "Old 97", and have visited the site of the wreck on numerous occasions. I've also read stories about the wreck, but this book by Larry Aaron sheds new light on what I'd always thought to be the facts of this famous event. Obviously Larry has done a great deal of research on the wreck, the train itself, those who were aboard it... as well as those who witnessed the wreck and those who were on the scene shortly after it happened. I discovered many of things I accepted as fact were indeed not. If you are fascinated by trains, train wrecks, or just this event, you will want to read this latest and most factual account of what DID and DIDN'T happen that day in late September. I highly recommend this newest book on the Wreck of The Old 97. I found it to be the best book yet on the subject.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Southern Gentleman on September 16, 2012
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This book was full of information pertaining to actual facts of the wreck and many eyewitness accounts. As in every instance of eye witness accounts, they were varied and questionable. After extensive investigation the only people who truly know why Southern Mail Train #97 wrecked are and were dead at the scene! This book is a good historical read but if you are looking for concrete conclusions as to why 97 wrecked you must rely on the overall investigation by the writer and assume his conclusions are correct.
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By Mae Clair on November 8, 2014
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I’d been looking high and low for a book on the wreck of the Old 97, when I found this account by Larry G. Aaron. Admittedly, I am new to the subject so I don’t have much to compare it to, but I was enthralled by the information presented from beginning to end. The author did a great job of relaying the tale in an interesting manner, and sharing the background on those involved.

A good look at a historical event that reads easily and smoothly while putting the reader into that infamous day on September 27, 1903. Highly recommended for anyone interested in Old 97.
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