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Wreck of the old 97 historical site

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I went to the Location listed on TripAdvisor (645 River Park Drive), which turned out to be the... read more

Reviewed 24 April 2018
Marker tells the tale.

The location is marked with a historical marker on Rte 58near the new YMCA location. The wreck was... read more

Reviewed 4 January 2018
Dan A
Danville, Virginia
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645 River Park Dr, Between locust lane and n. Main, Danville, VA 24540-5078
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The trip advisor map is incorrect as a previous poster noted. It is the location for the welcome center. We went to the welcome center for help and they just used google maps, which is incorrect as well. The marker is located on Riverside (US...More

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Reviewed 24 April 2018

I went to the Location listed on TripAdvisor (645 River Park Drive), which turned out to be the Danville Welcome Center -- NOT the "Old 97" marker. The marker is several miles away, on Business 58 west of Main street, only a few hundred feet...More

2  Thank Jim-or-Julie
Reviewed 4 January 2018

The location is marked with a historical marker on Rte 58near the new YMCA location. The wreck was in the ravine locations there. A man I talked to recently lives in a yellow house there and tells me some tracks are still visible near his...More

1  Thank Dan A
Reviewed 27 November 2017

A marker along a busy road. Like many historical sites, all that is left is a marker. A tragedy that led to a well known, at least in these parts, song.

Thank matous
Reviewed 26 October 2017

Since the wreck of the Old 97 was over 100 years ago there is very little to see at this location; However, there are many more places around town to view the crash.

Thank patricialP1110BZ
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Expat on Visa run up from Costa Rica. When I was a "kid" growing up my grandparents lived in Danville. My dad would take me to the site back in the 50's. What a great memory of this area!

1  Thank coatiman
Reviewed 17 April 2017

While in Danville we stopped at the historical marker near the site where the mail train went off the trestle. There is a painting of the incident on a building in downtown and a model of the accident at the science museum portion of the...More

1  Thank Jjmat49022
Reviewed 20 January 2017

My wife and I were in Danville, Virginia sightseeing when we saw the historical marker for the wreck of the “Ole 97”. The actual event involved the Southern Railway mail train officially known as the Fast Mail. Engine 1102, four mail cars, and an express...More

3  Thank Robert P
Reviewed 4 October 2016

A historical marker shows the area the Old 97 left the Stillhouse trestle in 1903 Several people were killed when this fast mail train of the Southern RR wrecked. Much mail was lost but many of a shipment of parakeets escaped A famous ballad was...More

5  Thank vintagetrailer
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