On Sept. 6, 1896, the Katy Railroad put $2 tickets on sale for seats on excursion trains that would carry buyers to the sight of the century — a staged collision of two locomotives.

The unique publicity stunt was the pet project of an imaginative passenger agent with the unlikely name of William George Crush. A rail mishap several years earlier had gotten him to thinking.

Bartee Haile writes This Week In Texas History which appears every Sunday. He welcomes your comments and questions barteehaile@gmail.com or P.O. Box 130011, Spring, TX 77393 and invites you to visit his website at barteehaile.com.

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