Casey Jones' 150th Birthday Celebrated
WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Staff
JACKSON, Tenn.- Happy 150th anniversary to famed railroad engineer Casey Jones. Festivities took place on Thursday in the Hub City.
Jones who lived in Jackson, became an internationally known hero after he slowed the train before it collided with a stalled freight train near Vaughn, Mississippi in 1900, saving his passengers but taking his life.
More than 1,000 people made their way to Casey Jones Village to take part in the celebration at his museum home.
"Back in 1900, if you worked for the railroad it was a real honor and Casey Jones did an honorable thing by slowing the train down and giving his life to save the passengers and others and I just think that is something that we need to pass on," said Lawrence Taylor, director of the Casey Jones Museum.
Thursday's event included educational activities, a proclamation and music.