Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Casey Jones

Marker ID: THC 4E 33
Location: at the intersection of Front Street and Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN
County: Shelby
Coordinates: N 35° 9.045    W 090° 3.135
  35.15075    -90.05225
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM6R39


From a station located on this site the night of Apr. 29. 1900, John Luther Jones, replacing the regularly detailed engineer, took out engine 382, pulling the Illinois Central “Cannonball.” Driving into a blocked switch at Vaughn, Miss., early the following morning, he stayed with his engine to save his passengers. He was the only man to die in the wreck.

Erected by Tennesee Historical Commission.