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Daniel Buck
Re: Question for Dan on the Posse Cars
Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:59am
108.18.67.108

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 8:56am
    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 ... more
    • Re: Question for Dan on the Posse Cars — Daniel Buck, Sat Nov 18 8:59am
      • 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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