The 1913 McKinney Store Collapse

by Carol O'Keefe Wilson

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing Inc.

Series: Disaster

Publication Date: July 02, 2018

ISBN: 9781439664506

Binding: Kobo eBook

Availability: eBook

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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.