Monday, June 22, 2009

Jesse James and the Chicago & Alton Railroad

On Sept. 7, 1881, the James gang attempted their last train robbery of the Chicago & Alton train at Blue Cut, near Glendale, Missouri. The gang made off with $3000 in cash and jewelry. In less than a year, Jesse James would be dead.

On April 3, 1882, Bob Ford with his brother Charles, enters Jesse's home at about 8:27 a.m. When Jesse turns to straighten a picture on the wall, Bob shoots him, killing him instantly.

On Oct. 5, 1882, Frank James (Jesse’s brother) surrendered to Missouri Governor Thomas Crittendon. Bob Ford, Jesse’s killer was later shot down by Ed O. Kelly in Ford’s tent saloon in Crede, Colorado in 1892. By 1885 Frank James was acquitted on all charges and lived till he was 72 passing on February 18, 1915.

$1,000 Railroad Bond. Superb vignette of steam locomotive in roundhouse with 4 other trains approaching. A true classic!!!

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