It was September 27, 1903 when the mail train en route from Monroe Virginia to Spencer jumped the tracks in Danville. The train was behind time and the engineer, Joseph A. “Steve” Broady was under orders to get back on schedule. It became one of the most famous train wrecks in American history. 11 were killed when the train left the tracks on the Stillhouse Trestle and crashed into the ravine below.
Hank Snow’s version of the song commemorating this disaster is one of the earliest songs embedded in my memory. I know all the lyrics and I don’t remember a time when I didn’t. My dad used to say, son there are only two Hanks, and Hank Snow is the good one.