Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Trouble ahead, trouble behind…

1863 – John Luther “Casey” Jones was born on this day in Jackson, Tennessee.   The legendary railroad engineer who was always known for bringing his train in on time, lost his life bravely trying to save the lives of his passengers.

On a rainy and foggy April 29, 1900, Casey brought his train the “Cannonball” into Memphis from Canton dead on time. Normally he would overnight in Memphis to make the return trip the next day but Casey learned the engineer scheduled to make that night’s return trip was ill and Casey volunteered to make the trip. He pulled the train out of the station about an hour and thirty-five minutes late but intended to make up the time by increasing his speed on the run.

Casey had nearly made up nearly all the time on the run by about 4 a.m. and was traveling about 75 miles per hour as the train rounded a left hand a corner near Vaughin, Mississippi.  Suddenly, Simeon Webb, the trains fireman saw the lights of a stopped freight train on the track ahead.  "Oh my Lord, there's something on the main line!" he yelled to Jones. Knowing there was not enough track to stop the train, Jones quickly yelled back "Jump Sim, jump!" The fireman jumped to safety about 300 feet before impact.  Jones stayed on his train, reversing his engines and putting on the brake while continually blowing the whistle to alert people in the stopped train in front of them. 

Jones engine car quickly plowed through the wooden caboose and three other cars of the stopped train before leaving the tracks but he had slowed the train enough that none of his passengers and no one on the stopped train had serious injuries.  Jones himself was the only fatality that day, the story goes that when his body was pulled from the wreckage his hands still clutched the whistle cord and the brake.

     The Historical Inebriant:  The Train Wreck recipe2/index.html

  • 1oz Vanilla Vodka 
  • 1/3oz Cointreau
  • 1/3oz Creme de Cacao
  • Splash of Lemon-Lime soda
  • Sweet and Sour mix
In a rocks glass filled with ice, add the vanilla vodka, orange liqueur, and creme de cacao.
Add a splash of lemon-lime soda and fill the rest of the glass with sweet and sour mix.
Stir using either a decorative stirrer or spoon. 

No comments:

Post a Comment

Post Comment: