The 1913 McKinney Store Collapse

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A powerful vibration, a deafening noise and a swell of thick dust brought residents of McKinney pouring into the public square on the afternoon of January 23, 1913. What they saw was horrifying—an entire building had collapsed, demolishing two popular retailers, the Cheeves Mississippi Store and Tingle Implement Store. Their contents, including many shoppers and clerks, spilled out into the streets, where layer upon layer of debris settled into a massive, ragged pile. In spite of a herculean rescue effort, eight people perished. Carol Wilson sifts through the disaster and its aftermath, dredging up some troubling facts about how the tragedy might have been prevented.
ISBN: 9781467139502
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Texas
Series: Disaster
Images: 47
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Carol Wilson is an enthusiast of Texas history with two previous books to her credit: In the Governor’s Shadow: The True History of Ma and Pa Ferguson and The Stage Stops Here: The History of the Stagecoach Inn, Salado, TX. Carol is a graduate of Mary Hardin-Baylor; a Texas CPA, retired; and a former Certified Fraud Examiner. She lives in Temple with her husband, Guy, but spends much time in Florida, where the couple’s two grown daughters reside.