The West Plains Dance Hall Explosion
The author also discusses the consequences of the explosion and mentions the five stages of grief. She says if the cycle is not co ...more
In April 1928, the Bond Dance Hall in West Plains, Missouri exploded during a normal Friday night dance, killing thirty-nine people, mostly prominent and promising young adults and town leaders.
Waterhouse's book is a well-researched journalistic account of the people, the town and the long-lasting effects of the tragedy, one of the first attempted. She gathers, presents and, in some cases, analyzes newspaper accounts, interviews, incomplete police and investigative reports, conflicting coroners'...more
Being from West Plains, the "Dance Hall Explosion" has always been a lingering piece of lore for me. I've been to the mass grave numerous times. My father owned a building on the square for many years, and I know the area well. So I've collected bits and pieces of what happened here and there, but it's nice to see it here all in one place, as awkwardly written as it is.
(It sort of feels like every ...more
The citation style is also weird.
Anywho, some super cool antidotes make it worth the unorthodox pre ...more
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 co ...more