Schenectady in Schenectady County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
This much is known for certain. On April 30, 1900, at 3:52 a.m. as "Ol'' 382" approached Vaughan, Mississippi with Jonathan Luther "Casey"Jones at the throttle, the fog lifted to reveal a train not fully on the sidetracks. Casey hit the air-brakes while urging his fireman, Sim, to jump and save his life. Although Casey had cut its speed from 75 mph to 35 mph, "Ol' 382" ploughed through a caboose and three freight cars before it derailed and overturned. All the passengers onboard the Illinois Central train that day were unhurt except for Casey, who was killed.
Newspapers around the country ran the story of the heroic engineer. Shortly afterwards
After the crash, the Schenectady-built ALCO locomotive was righted, repaired, and ran for another thirty-five years.
Erected 2018 by Schenectady County Legislature.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Disasters • Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical date for this entry is April 30, 1900.
Location. 42° 49.535′ N, 73° 56.073′ W. Marker is in Schenectady, New York, in Schenectady County. Marker is beside the bike-hike trail, near Mohawk Harbor. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Schenectady NY 12305, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Jupiter" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Schenectady (about 500 feet away); Streamliners (about 600 feet away); "Big Boy" (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dewitt Clinton (approx. 0.2 miles away); The “Works” (approx. 0.2 miles away); World War II (approx. 0.2 miles away); ALCo's Legacy (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Schenectady.
Related markers.list of markers that are related to this marker. Other markers about the legenday Casey Jones:
Also see . . .
1. Casey Jones Biography. (Submitted on October 26, 2018, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
2. The Ballad of Casey Jones. (Submitted on October 26, 2018, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 1, 2018. It was originally submitted on October 26, 2018, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 132 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 26, 2018, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.