Saturday, June 21, 2008
What Happened To Old Joe?
One of my long time favorite Ghost Stories is that of Old Joe Baldwin in Wilmington NC.
He was a dedicated railroad worker of many years.One night while passing through Wilmington,he saw another train approaching righ toward his.He frantically took his lantern and swung it back and forth in attempt to signal the other train.To no avail,the two trains hit.Several were killed including Joe Baldwin.
For many years including through my childhood and young adult years,people would go there and see the figure swinging the light up the tracks.It was an excitement that spread throughout the South..Stories of seeing "Old Joe" and the light spread.He was a favorite of the locals as well.Many teenagers would flock to see him.Apparently he would come up within easy sight and then back away still swinging the light.
I heard recently that the sightings now are very rare.The area has grown up with bushy undergrowth.The trains no longer use that track .Has that made his job no longer necessary? I felt a sadness that no longer is it a rite of passage to go "see "Old Joe".Hope he has gone on and can now relax,though...