Out riding with Sterling on Sunday. As I said, we actually had no idea where we were going. Rod was home alone and we didn’t want to leave him by himself for too long, even though we did ask him to come along! At any rate, since we were in Chunky, I thought maybe we could find the site of the Chunky River Train Wreck. The wreck was actually pretty famous.
At one time, Chunky was actually quite a bustling little town, simply because of the railroad. It was a mill town and there was timber all around, so it stood to reason that the town would be busy. According to The History of Chunky, Mississippi by Terry T. Lange, there was a barrel factory, a mill, a cotton gin and other merchants. The town continued to prosper and then came the civil war and the 1912 Train Wreck.
I want to quote the account I found word for word here:
“The train named “The Mississippi Southern” left the depot in Meridian, Mississippi filled with 100 passengers, most were confederate soldiers on their way to the Battle of Vicksburg.
But on February 19, 1863, they fought and died in the cold icy waters that submerged the locomotive a little before daybreak
Severe flooding at that time had caused debris to build up against the bridge. The weight of the debris caused the bridge to shift, leaving it six inches out of alignment. Attempts to warn the train failed and the bridge collapsed as the train crossed it.
The First Battalion of Choctaw Indians, under the command of Major S. G. Spann, was based at a Confederate military training camp near the crash scene. The Indians rushed to the scene and due to their heroic acts 60 of the passengers were rescued.
Most of the passengers who had been killed were buried in trenches on a farm, two miles east of Hickory Station.
Willis Norman lived to tell this story. He recalled that he was in the nearest car to the engine. After being thrown to the bottom of the stream in about 15 feet of water, he rose to the surface with the fragments of the broken car. He suffered a broken collarbone, internal injuries and an injury to his leg.” Just A Car Guy check out his blog!
We didn’t find the spot that it happened. I really don’t think they like to let people go there because there are still trains that rumble through Chunky everyday. We did find a pretty cool spot on the road by the Marker to get a picture of Sterling’s car. That boy loves to take pictures of his car!!
The story and the drive made me think. You never know what is around the next bend, or what will happen tomorrow. Try to make the best of today!! It is not easy, but that is what I try to do every day. Take today and live. Tomorrow is not promised to any of us.
Until next time, have a great day!!!