|The Date Creek Wreck the next day.|
It was the night of August 26th, 1915. Oscar and Frank Pemberton were sitting on their porch watching a violent storm move from the mountains to engulf them and their surroundings. In the distance, the Santa Fe, Prescott and Phoenix Railroad train was approaching a bridge three miles south of Date Creek station. As they were watching the engine make its way, the lights on the engine suddenly disappeared. More ominously, the steam whistle was left open sending a scream of mourning across the valley.
The two men quickly saddled up to ride out to the scene at full gallop. At best, it was a simple derailment; at worst, people were dead and dying.
As the fierce rain pelted both man and horse, the pair rode up upon the worst train wreck to date on the SF, P&P.