JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - Saturday is Casey Jones Day at the home and railroad museum named in his memory in Jackson.
Historians and descendants of Jones will be present to discuss the legendary railroad engineer. There will be free guided tours of the museum, and a former railroad telegrapher will discuss telegraphy.
Children dressed as Jones will be eligible for prizes.
In 1900, Jones became a folk hero when he tried to stop his Illinois Central passenger train before it hit a stalled freight train in Vaughan, Miss. He died but all the others survived.
Jones, whose real name was John Luther Jones, got his nickname because he grew up in Cayce, in western Kentucky.