Casey Jones Biography
Birthday: March 14, 1863 (Pisces)
Born In: Kentucky, United States
Jonathan Luther Jones, popularly known as Casey Jones, was an American railroad worker and locomotive engineer. He became a folk hero when he lost his life trying to save his passengers in an accident. The accident occurred when Jones’ train collided with a stalled freight train’s caboose. Jones asked his fellow fireman, Simeon T. Webb, to jump and save himself from the collision. There was no loss of life in the accident apart from the engineer’s who was hailed as a hero. There were many speculations and arguments regarding what actually caused the accident. Experts believed the foggy night was the main reason for the unfortunate incident and the ultimate demise of the brave engineer. Jones’ friend and fellow Illinois Central Railroad worker Wallace Saunders wrote a ballad on his bravery which immediately became popular. In the 20th century, multiple songs were composed in his honor. The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) activists wrote and sang a parody of ‘The Ballad of Casey Jones’.