Who Was Casey Jones?

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“…Through South Memphis Yards on a fly
rain been a fallin’ and the water was high

Everybody knew by the engine’s moan
that the man at the throttle was Casey Jones

Well Jones said fireman now don’t you fret
Sam Webb said we ain’t a givin’ up yet

We’re eight hours late with the southbound mail
We’ll be on time or we’re leavin’ the rails
Casey Jones climbed in the cabin…”
–John S. Hurt  lyrics ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

Johnny Cash sang this verse for his “Blood, Sweat, And Tears” album.  It briefly sums up one of the tales of Casey Jones, the legendary railroad engineer.CaseyJones-01

John Luther Jones was born in rural southeast Missouri on March 14, 1864. John’s family moved to a farm near Cayce, Kentucky, where he grew up.  His friends gave him the nickname “Cayce” after the little town, John decided to spell it…

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