The decapitation of Joe Baldwin

THE DECAPITATION OF JOE BALDWIN
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The story of the decapitation of Joe Baldwin.

A freight train slowly pulled away from Maco Station just fifteen miles of Wilmington in Brunswick County, North Carolina during 1867. Joe Baldwin was the flagman and was positioned in the caboose just like he was on many nights. On this night, however, shortly after leaving the Maco Station, Joe heard a jerking noise that got his immediate attention. He knew just by the sound that his caboose had come loose from the freight train. He had no controls and was headed backwards down the track. The caboose began to slow down and Joe saw the beaming light of a fast moving passenger train headed straight for him. He grabbed his lantern and began waving it furiously, but it was too late for the passenger train to slow down. As the train was traveling over the trestle above the eerie swamp, it hit the caboose. Joe was instantly decapitated. His head went into the swamp on one side of the track with his lantern being flown to the other side of the track and into the murky waters of the swamp.

It took several days to clear away the debris from the wreck. While they cleared away the wreckage, many people searched in vain for Joe’s head. His head could not be found so they buried only his body.

As the legend goes, Joe’s headless body appeared at the Maco station with a lantern in his hand. Many have seen while standing on the trestle a small light appearing in the distance and growing brighter as it nears and then bursting into flames at the point of the train wreck. Then it grows dim and backs away down the track until it is gone.

During a political campaign in 1889, President Grover Cleveland saw the mysterious lights on the trestle along with many people throughout the years. In 1977, the tracks were removed. Today, no one has seen these mysterious lights or Joe’s headless body; does the swamp now carry his untimely death?
 

The decapitation of Joe Baldwin

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