PHOTO: Casey Jones Village
Casey Jones is a folk hero from Jackson, Tennessee, about whom songs have been written and TV shows have been produced. When he was 16 years old, Jones started working for railroads, first the Mobile & Ohio and later the Illinois Central. By the time he was 27 he had become a railroad engineer, which means that he drove the train. He eventually developed a reputation as a man who would go to great lengths to get his train to the station on time. He died in a train wreck in 1900, with one hand on the whistle and the other on the brake.
By the way, the main reason Casey Jones became famous after his death was because an African-American engine wiper named Wallace Saunders wrote a song about him. If you want to hear the song’s tune, click here.