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Camp Creek train wreck to be commemorated
by Staff Reports
June 18, 2013 06:13 PM | 2238 views | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On Saturday, the McDonough Main Street Program invites all to visit historic downtown McDonough for an entire day of fitness and fun.

The day begins with a 5:45 to 6:45 a.m. on-site registration and a 7 a.m. start time for the highly anticipated Quinlan’s 5K Water Run.

Hosted in commemoration of the 1900 Camp Creek train wreck and the infamous run for assistance made by the train’s flagman, J.J. Quinlan, this event will start and finish at the Henry County Judicial Center Parking Deck, located behind the Henry County Judicial Center, 44 John Frank Ward Blvd.

Runners of all levels are welcome to participate.

The 5K run registration cost is $20 and the 1-mile run cost is $15, with group registration for both runs costing $15 per person for groups of 10 or more.

Non-runners may register as phantom runners for $20 or as water sprayers for $15, which gives donors the opportunity to soak runners with water guns as they pass.

On-site registration increases by $5 for each category on the date of the race.

Discounted pre-registration is available online at

All run proceeds benefit the McDonough Historic Downtown Façade grant program.

Later that morning from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the program will welcome the community to T.C. Carter Safety Day.

This event also commemorates the Camp Creek incident and is held in honor of Pullman porter T.C. Carter, who was also instrumental in aiding the survivors of the devastating train tragedy.

Families will be able to learn more about the Camp Creek incident from local author and historian, Jeff Wells.

They can also get first aid, fire, bicycle and skateboard safety tips from Henry County and McDonough first responders.

Children in attendance will receive a free identification kit, while supplies last.

Child-friendly entertainment and games will be available during the event.

Concessions will also be available on site.

An added attraction to these events is the Middle Georgia Model Railroad Club model train exhibit.

Back by popular demand, this extensive showcase of model trains will be available for viewing from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. inside the Henry County Judicial Center Parking Deck.

Club members will be on site to provide detailed information about the trains on display and Georgia railroad history.

All of these events are open to the public and, with the exception of Quinlan’s Run, are free.

The events are all associated with the annual commemoration of the Camp Creek train wreck that happened just minutes after leaving the McDonough train station heading north to Atlanta.

The largest loss of lives resulting from a train wreck in the history of the state of Georgia occurred on that fateful night, a rainy June 23, 1900, when the normally shallow, trickling stream known as Camp Creek awaited its victims as a swollen, roaring current of water, having taken out the railroad tussle that spanned this now-raging abyss.

Twenty-three days it had rained in McDonough.

A dam somewhere up stream had given way, and old steam engine No. 7, the passengers and crew on that train were headed for disaster.

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