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thumb|220px|"Casey" Jones as depicted on a 3 cent postage stamp issued by the United States Postal Service.
John Luther "Casey" Jones (March 14, 1864-April 30, 1900) was a locomotive engineer who worked for the Illinois Central Railroad (IC). In 1900 he was killed when his locomotive collided with another train. His climactic death made him a folksong hero beginning with a song written by Wallace Sanders who was an engine wiper for the IC.
As a boy growing up in Cayce, Kentucky, (which is pronounced "Casey"), Johnathan Luther "Casey" Jones had an obsession with trains. In 1878, at the age of 15, he went to work for the Mobile and Ohio Railroad as an apprentice telegrapher. By 1890, "Casey" had reached the pinnacle of the railroad profession as a crack locomotive engineer on the Illinois Central Railroad. The railroad sent him to Jackson, Tennessee, where he met and married Janie Brady, bought a house, and set about raising a family. Railroading was a natural talent, and Casey Jones was recognized by his peers as one of the best in the business.