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Sam Bass & the Big Springs train robbery...
Item # 613983
September 20, 1877
ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Sept. 20, 1877
* Union Pacific Big Springs robbery
* $20 gold pieces ($60,000) train holdup
* Old West outlaw - train robber Sam Bass
Sam Bass is one of those notorious outlaws about whom little can be found in period newspapers. But this issue has a great article on the front page, being a fine report of one of his most notorious robberies being the Big Springs robbery of the Union Pacific train. It remains today the single largest robbery of the Union Pacific.
The column heads at the top of the page include: "A SUDDEN HALT" "The Train Thieves Again in the Saddle" "A Change of Base to the Far West" "Flagged by the Gang at Big Springs" "The Modest Requests of the Border Russians" "Backed Up by Their Ugly-Looking Derringers" "The Express Safes Rifled of their Contents" "The Customary Large Rewards are Proclaimed" with even more. the articles takes nearly 2 columns. One of the subheads: "Local Theories" suggests it might have been done by the James Gang or the Younger brothers, but at this early point it was not known who committed the robbery (see the hyperlink for details).
Eight pages, slightly irregular at the blank spine margin, very nice condition.
Category: The Old West