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Casey Jones

Legendary Engineer

 
 
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, October 20, 2018
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Inscription.  Railroads and railroading are an integral part of our nation's songbook. By the early 20th century, that included songs such as John Henry, the mythical steel-drivin' man;" The Wabash Cannonball, a locomotive with "no equal;” The Rock Island Line, "a mighty good road to ride;” and the ever popular, I've Been Working on the Railroad. Each commemorated a person, an engine, or a deed but none more so than Casey Jones: the Brave Engineer.

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
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Wallace Saunders, Casey's buddy, wrote a ballad in honor of his now deceased friend. Recorded in 1912 as The Ballad of Casey Jones, it has been recorded by dozens of singers over the past century including Eddy Arnold, Pete Seeger, Johnny Cash, and the Grateful Dead who have made it into a legend.

After the crash, the Schenectady-built ALCO locomotive was righted, repaired, and ran for another thirty-five years.


 
Erected 2018 by Schenectady County Legislature.
 
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. "Big Boy" (approx. 0.2 miles away); ALCo's Legacy (approx. mile away); a different marker also named ALCo's Legacy (approx. 0.3 miles away); ALCo Site (approx. 0.3 miles away); Seeley House (approx. half a mile away); Second Ward Second World War Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Nott Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Revolutionary Hospital & Continental Barracks (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Schenectady.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Other
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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.)
 
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By Howard C. Ohlhous, October 20, 2018
4. Casey Jones Marker
The marker is located in the park-like setting beside the bike-hike trail between the harbor and the Mohawk River. The flagpole is at the head of the Mohawk Harbor, and the building in the distance is the Riverhouse waterfront apartment complex, which is also home to Druthers Brewing Co.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 1, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 26, 2018, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 71 times since then and 47 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.
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