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Vince Garcia
Re: Question for Dan on the Posse Cars
Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:56am
2001:558:6012:3e:a01f:f375:bbc:9802

One thing to keep in mind, the UP special train posse was meant to go after train robbers, and train robberies didn't happen every day in Wyoming so I have to wonder how many times they actually were used.

  • Re: Question for Dan on the Posse Cars Daniel Buck, Sat Nov 18 5:45am
    Vince, Interesting quote. I wonder, tho, if the author -- William MacLeod Raine, "Guarding a Railroad in the 'Bandit Belt'," The Wide World Magazine, January 1905 -- is not laying it on a bit thick.... more
    • Re: Question for Dan on the Posse Cars — Vince Garcia, Sat Nov 18 8:56am
      • Re: Question for Dan on the Posse Cars Daniel Buck, Sat Nov 18 8:59am
        Well, how many UP robberies were there, say, post Wilcox? Regardless, best I can tell, the idea was a bust. Dan
        • Re: Question for Dan on the Posse Cars Vince Garcia, Sat Nov 18 10:25am
          Referring to wyoming, Wm Pinkerton only mentioned Wilcox and Tipton in his famous speech on train robbers in 1907. Past that, while doing all my newspaper research, I looked up references to train... more
          • Re: Question for Dan on the Posse Cars Daniel Buck, Sat Nov 18 12:21pm
            Vince, Richard Patterson, in Train Robbery: The Birth, Flowering, and Decline of a Notorious Enterprise (1981), and Historical Atlas of the Outlaw West (1985), cites the following Wyoming train... more
            • Re: Question for Dan on the Posse Cars Vince Garcia, Sat Nov 18 4:02pm
              I'm right then. After Tipton there is nothing until the Teens (which I did not search for because the railroad posse I imagine would be a memory by then, replaced by cars, I suppose? So really, it... more
              • Re: Question for Dan on the Posse Cars Daniel Buck, Sat Nov 18 10:09pm
                Vince, Well, I think that is the point, it was only used once or twice in Wyoming by the UP, and in neither case was terribly effective. In reality, sending an expensive posse to the scene of the... more
                • Re: Question for Dan on the Posse Cars Vince Garcia, Sun Nov 19 10:14am
                  Interestingly, the train robbery business seemed to go in in Montana during the early 1900s, so Wyoming did seem to get too hot for the robbers.
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