One day, Ole Pete took a nap in a rail-car repair shed, using the track rail as a pillow to rest his head. A switch engine pushed two rail cars into the shed where Ole Pete was resting. The first rail-car in the shed ran over Pete's head causing it to derail. When workers rushed to Ole Pete's aid and dragged him out of the wreckage, to their astonishment not only was Pete unharmed, he was still asleep.
When the workers informed Pete what had happened, he allegedly said,"Dawg-gone, my haid do feel kinda funny."
Other powerful feats attached to Ole Pete include the use of a ship's anchor for a pickaxe and lifting a locomotive back on the rails. He is also reported to have uprooted a large tree, brought it home, and chopped it into four cords of firewood.