Casey Jones

Railroad Engineer
Born Mar 14, 1863

John Luther "Casey" Jones was an American railroad engineer from Jackson, Tennessee, who worked for the Illinois Central Railroad (IC). As a boy, he lived near Cayce, Kentucky, where he acquired the nickname of "Cayce," which he chose to spell as "Casey. " On April 30, 1900, he alone was killed when his passenger train, the Cannonball Express, collided with a stalled freight train at Vaughan, Mississippi, on a foggy and rainy night.… Read More

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1863 Birth Born in 1863.
1864 1 Year Old Jones' tombstone in Jackson's Mount Calvary Cemetery gives his birth year as 1864, but according to information his mother wrote in the family Bible, he was born in 1863. … Read More


1886 23 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Since she was Catholic, he decided to convert and was baptized on November 11, 1886 at St. Bridget's Catholic Church in Whistler, Alabama, to please her.
1890 27 Years Old His work in Jackson primarily involved freight service between Jackson and Water Valley, Mississippi. Both locations were busy and important stops for IC, and he developed close ties with them between 1890 and 1900. … Read More


1895 32 Years Old …  He recounts an incident in 1895 as Jones' train approached Michigan City, Mississippi. … Read More
1898 35 Years Old Jones was an avid baseball fan and watched or participated in the game whenever his schedule allowed. During the 1880s he had played at Columbus, Kentucky, while he was a cub operator on the M & O. One Sunday during the summer of 1898, the Water Valley shop team was scheduled to play the Jackson shop team and Jones got to haul the team to Jackson for the game. … Read More
Jones drove the engine until he transferred to Memphis in February 1900. … Read More
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