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Vince Garcia
Re: Question for Dan on the Posse Cars
Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:25am
2001:558:6012:3e:a01f:f375:bbc:9802

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 robberies in the wyoming papers I could find up to around 1907 and found either none or precious few in wyoming itself (don't recall precisely)

In fact, if you go to newspapers.com and look up the words "train robbery" in wyoming papers from 1900-07 there are no hits. (just checked)

Going the the wyoming papers site, there are some there, but--admitting i didn't look at every listing--i spot checked the years and every one i clicked was outside of wyoming or not a current robbery but was talking about wilcox, etc

  • 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
      • 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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