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West, Texas: Piece of the Deadly Monster Wreck

A piece of metal is displayed from the "Monster Wreck" of 1896, where two empty trains, running at full speed, were crashed head-on into each other as entertainment. Flying debris killed several spectators.

History of West Museum

112 E. Oak St., West, TX
History of West Museum. I-35 exit 351. Drive east on West Oak St. for eight blocks. Cross the train tracks and the museum is on the right.
Th-Sa 10-4 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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History of West Museum.

Piece of the Deadly Crush Crash Wreck

It's a really nice museum featuring the heritage and history of the town of West.

[Luv2RV, 11/08/2019]

Train crash debris.

History of West Museum

General museum of area history that has an unusual artifact: a piece of metal from an 1896 train wreck, choreographed for entertainment, that didn't go exactly as planned. Also here is a very moving memorial to the West Fertilizer Explosion of 2013 that killed 15 people, including 13 first responders. For such a small town this museum is very well done with many exhibits.

[Lisa Merz, 05/26/2017]

The "Monster Wreck" involved two empty trains, running at full speed, deliberately crashed head-on into each other. 40,000 spectators showed up. Several were killed by flying debris. Nov. 2019: photo added.

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