Moonville, Ohio no longer exists. The tiny town, a mining community that sprang up in the dense wilderness of southeastern Ohio in the mid-1850s, is remembered today because of the lonely railroad that connected it with the outside world. And the ghost stories that still linger from that mysterious time.
This ballad describes a tragedy similar to one that occurred near Moonville in 1859. The folk song is usually credited to Orville Jenks from Jackson County, Ohio.
Take a listen, then come back in two weeks for more about the ghostly legends of the Moonville Tunnel.