The West Plains Dance Hall Explosion by Lin Waterhouse

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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.

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Lin Waterhouse is a freelance writer who focuses on the historical curiosities of the Ozarks region. Her work has been published in the Ozarks Mountaineer, Ozarks Magazine, the Ozark County Times and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. After writing an anniversary piece about the mysterious 1928 dance hall explosion in West Plains, she continued researching the story that piqued her curiosity and offended her sense of historical justice. This book is the result.
Published September 15, 2011 by The History Press. 160 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction

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Jeanie Loiacono 24 Apr 2013

If you have ever watched Cold Case, you will 'get' this book immediately! Waterhouse has done her homework and has brought some closure to the mystery of why 40 people died that fateful night Frida...

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