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  Gardens in Jackson, Tennessee
by deecat

In the Western part of Tennessee, just northeast of Memphis, you will find another big city in Tennessee called Jackson. It's a manufacturing city, making plastics, wood products, and concrete. But, what it's really known for is railroads.

It's a railroad center with many trains going in and out of the city daily. It's also the home of the famous railroad man, John Luther Jones (known as Casey Jones).

The story goes that in 1900, Casey was taking his train from Memphis, Tennessee, to New Orleans, Louisiana. This particular train was called "Ole 382", and during the trip, his train approached a stalled trail. The fireman on his train yelled, "Jump, Casey!", but Casey did not jump. Instead, he tried desperately to stop the "Old 382". It was too late, and the "Old 382" crashed into the stalled train, killing Casey Jones. However, his brave actions had slowed the train enough to save all his passengers. He became a hero!

If you want to know more about Casey Jones, see a replica of "Old 382", or just learn more about trains, be sure to visit the Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum in Jackson.

And, if you want to see beautiful flowers, trees, and bushes, check out the Gardens in Jackson. (see photo)

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  • Updated May 29, 2005
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