A temporary "city" established as a one-day publicity stunt in 1896.
William George Crush, general passenger agent of the
Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (popularly known as the Katy), conceived
the idea to demonstrate a train wreck as a spectacle.
No admission was charged, and train fares to the crash site were at the
reduced rate of $2
from any location in Texas. As a result about 40,000 people showed up
on September 15, 1896, making the new town of Crush, Texas, temporarily
the second-largest city in the state. It's in the spirit of this
promotional event that changed the state, if even for a day, that we
chose to name our magazine. Even more fitting it happened right here in
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