Museum Offers Free Admission for Casey Jones’ Birthday
NORTH JACKSON — Casey Jones’, the internationally known hero, 151th birthday is Friday. To celebrate, Casey Jones Museum is offering free admission from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jones, who lived in Jackson, 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. “The legend has it that he saved the people,” David Earhart, a tourist from Texas said. “I don’t think anybody really knows what happened because they weren’t there, but according to history and the people that knew him and everything they said he would have did something like that.” Jones slowed the Cannonball Express before colliding into a stalled freight train near Vaughan, Mississippi.