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Rube Burrow, the infamous train robber...



Item # 592414

September 26, 1889

THE WHEELING INTELLIGENCER, Wheeling, West Virginia, Sept. 26, 1889 

* Buckatunna, Mississippi
* Train holdup - robbery
* Outlaw Rube Burrow


The top of the front page has nice one column heads: "DARING TRAIN ROBBERY" "Highwaymen Hold Up an Express on the Mobile & Ohio" "One Of The Boldest Exploits..." with more (see photos). This was the work of noted outlaw Rube Burrow. Burrow was a nationally infamous train-robber and outlaw in the Southern and Southwestern United States. During the final years of the American frontier, he became one of the most hunted in the Old West since Jesse James. From 1886 to 1890, he and his gang robbed express trains in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, the Indian Territory and Texas while pursued by hundreds of lawmen throughout the southern half of the United States. See the hyperlink for more on Burrow as well as mention of this specific robbery.
There is no mention of Rube Burrow in the article for at this early date the identity of the robbers was not known. This article is followed by another headed: "Another Train Robbery--Three Men Hold upon an Express & Secure a Large Amount of Money" (see photos).

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