The West Plains Dance Hall Explosion (Paperback)

By Lin Waterhouse

History Press (SC), 9781609491161, 158pp.

Publication Date: December 3, 2010

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Hardcover (12/3/2010)

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Description

The 1928 explosion that transformed a West Plains dance hall into a raging inferno sparked feverish national media attention and decades of bitterness in the Missouri town it tore apart. And while the story inspired a popular country song, the firestorm that claimed thirty-nine lives remains an unsolved mystery. In this first book on the notorious catastrophe, Lin Waterhouse presents a clear account of the event and its aftermath that judiciously weighs conflicting testimony and deeply respects the personal anguish experienced by parents forced to identify their children by their clothing and personal trinkets.