Celebrate The 150th Birthday Of Railroad Legend Casey Jones

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - by Amanda Stravinsky

Celebrate the 150th birthday of American railroad hero, Jonathan Luther “Casey” Jones 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 14, at the Case Jones Home & Railroad Museum.

Mr. Jones, who lived in Jackson with his wife and three children, was a railroad engineer who became an internationally known icon due to his heroic last ride on April 30, 1900, when he saved all the passengers on his train. Mr. Jones slowed the Cannonball Express before colliding into a stalled freight train near Vaughan, Miss.

His actions were immortalized in a ballad sung by his friend Wallace Saunders. Today, Casey Jones’ fame is attributed to the traditional song, “The Ballad of Casey Jones,” recorded by Mississippi John Hurt, Pete Seeger, Furry Lewis and Johnny Cash, among others.

Museum admission will be free that day with educational activities, refreshments, door prizes, and a presentation of local, regional and state-wide proclamations in honor of Casey Jones. Entertainment will be provided throughout the day by the Jackson Area Plectral Society, a local old-time music preservation club. 

Casey Jones Village, a family destination located in Jackson, Tn., includes the Historic Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum, Brooks Shaw’s Old Country Store, Providence House, Casey Jones Village Amphitheatre, the Shoppes at Casey Jones Village, Music Highway Crossroads, Casey Jones Mini-Golf, the Wellwood store with the Wildlife in Wood Studio of master woodcarver Dee Moss and the Judge Milton Brown Pullman Railcar. The Shoppes at Casey Jones Village include Music Highway Crossroads, Southern Junction, Art in the Village Gallery, Little Artist Studio and the Church at the Village.

Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum is off Interstate 40, exit 80A in Jackson, Tn., between Memphis and Nashville. For more information, visit www.caseyjones.com

For more information on Tennessee happenings, visit tnvacation.com, facebook.com/tnvacation, tnvacation.com/triptales/, instagram.com/tnvacation, twitter.com/tnvacation/ or pinterest.com/tnvacation/.



New Art Gallery Opening In Historic Rugby

A new art gallery is open in the historic Board of Aid to Land Ownership in Historic Rugby. “The Gallery At Rugby,” a new venture by artist and longtime area resident Freeman Davenport, opened on June 1. It features works from area artists for sale, and on display in monthly themed shows. Ms. Davenport has for years offered instruction to other artists through workshops ... (click for more)

Hot Rod Power Tour 2018 Rolls Into Chattanooga On Sunday

The 24th annual Hot Rod Power Tour rolls through the heartland of hot rod culture. It is more than just a traveling car show – it is the largest hot rod road trip in the world. The seven-day, seven-city, 1,300-mile journey is expected to bring together more than 6,000 vehicles and 100,000-plus spectators,  June 9-15 . The tour kicks off in Bowling Green, Ky., then heads ... (click for more)

Attorney Davis Says Other Driver In Styles Case Pulled Gun While Driving Wildly; Denies Radio Host "Blacked Out"

Attorney Lee Davis said the other driver in a Friday road rage incident in Hixson pulled a gun on radio personality Jeff Styles while driving wildly.  He denied that the talk show host blacked out.  Jeff Styles, who was shot in the forearm, was charged with aggravated assault and vandalism. The other driver, Nickolas Bullington, was not charged. Police said ... (click for more)

Gerald McCormick Pulling Out Of House Race

Former House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick has decided to pull out of the House District 26 race and take a position with an engineering firm in Nashville. He told the Chattanooga Times Free Press the move would still give Republicans a seven-day window to find a replacement as the election nears. His wife, Kim, earlier took a position with the State Board of Regents in ... (click for more)

Will Chattanooga Miss Another Reinvestment Opportunity?

In April, First Tennessee Bank and the National Community Reinvestment Coalition announced an agreement on a $3.9 billion reinvestment plan for economic development in low to moderate income communities under the 1977 Community Reinvestment Act. The Chattanooga Times Free Press soon followed with an article reviewing the plan in depth. The plan presented Chattanooga, as well as ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Are We Like Nazis?

Four years after William Styron’s best-seller ‘Sophie’s Choice,’ had achieved the highest height of an atrocity that the literary world had known at the time, a little girl who was birthed the same year as the book (1979) was cast as Meryl Streep’s daughter in the movie. The four-year-old blonde knew nothing about evil, not to mention the Holocaust, but she became enamored with ... (click for more)