Accidents, Mishaps, and Disasters

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That’s a Flinch

Alexander Wright was a locomotive fireman in Bristol, Virginia. Wright loved practical jokes, until one joke went horribly wrong.

Gate City’s Train Tragedy of 1940

A mysterious collision occurred in Gate City, Virginia, on January 27, 1940. The victims’ families were never given reason as to why the tragedy

Abingdon’s Dry Killers

Incident at the Swinging Bridge – Folklore Drive Winner!

The Grand Prize winning entry comes from Mr. Colin Mullins!

The Infamous Bostian Bridge

Bostian Bridge is a fixture near Statesville, North Carolina. It is also the scene of one of the most popular phantom trains in the

The Mine’s Vengeful Wraith

An old southwest Virginia mine operator discussed his career in the 1890s, during a trip to Richmond, Virginia. He visited a historic tavern and

Cleveland’s Bleeding Mausoleum

Folklore: Nina Craigmiles was a vivacious and precocious 7-year-old in 1871, as most children of her age and lifestyle are.

Reuben Herndon and the Ordeal of Blood

The case of Reuben Herndon is often mentioned as one instance of the "ordeal of blood" in Virginia's history, but unfortunately, no evidence can

The Featherbed Ghost

Dances were a common fixture of late Nineteenth Century Appalachian life. They were a form of entertainment, as well as a means to discuss

The Hollywood Vampire of Richmond

This is the next installment of "Fact vs. Folklore," at VaCreeper.