On May 19, 2015, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources unveiled a new marker commemorating the July 2, 1889, rainstorm-caused train wreck near the Bedford County, Va., town of Thaxton, that killed at least 18 people, including three prominent citizens of Cleveland, Tennessee.
A new sign marks site of 1889 train wreck in Thaxton, by columnist Dan Casey, Roanoke Times, 5/21/15, looks back at the event and reports on the marker-unveiling ceremony. The wreck resulted from heavy rain that swelled normally small Wolf Creek and washed out a railroad embankment. The accident had a major impact on Cleveland, which soon afterwards erected a monument to its lost citizens. The Tennessee city played a prominent role in the Virginia marker, too: the Allan Jones Foundation of Cleveland financed the cost of the marker, paid for a catered lunch for the unveiling ceremony, and charterd a bus to bring several Cleveland citizens to the ceremony, including Allan Jones and Cleveland’s current mayor.