"Many a Man's Been Murdered by the Rail Road" song
Scope and Contents
This collection is a four page manuscript of a West Virginia railroad ballad, also known as "Engine 143" or "The Wreck On The C&O".
Conditions Governing Access
No Interlibrary Loan.
This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.
This folk song, also known as "Engine 143" and "The Wreck On The C&O", is based on the events of 23 Oct 1890, when a landslide 3 miles east of Hinton, West Virginia caused a trainwreck. Ten variants have been found, all very much alike. The facts out of which the song grew were obtained from Miss Margaret Alley and Mr. Ernest N. Alley, Alderson, West Virginia, sister and brother of George Alley, the man killed in the wreck, and from Mr. R.E. Noel Hinton, formerly an engineer on the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad.
0.01 Linear Feet (1 folder)
Language of Materials
"Many a Man's Been Murdered by the Rail Road" Song is a four page manuscript of a West Virginia railroad ballad.
This is a one-folder collection.
The W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection purchased this collection from Bookworm and Silverfish in 2004. Its accession number is AC.2004.005. It was opened to the public in April, 2006.
Processed by Kathryn Staley, April, 2006; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, April, 2006.
- AC.293: "Many a Man's Been Murdered by the Rail Road" Song, 1890
- Processed by: Kathryn Staley; machine-readable finding aid created by: Kathryn Staley
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