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Daniel Buck
Re: Question for Dan on the Posse Cars
Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:21pm
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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 robberies & attempted robberies:
Medicine Bow, 1878
Wilcox, 1899
Tipton, 1900
near Green River, 1916
near Laramie, 1916
west of Laramie, 1916
near Walcott, 1916
Rock River, 1916
near Medicine Bow, 1919
near Rawlins, 1926

The 1916 heists were largely the work of Bill Carlisle, who had the misfortune to work outside the era of the romantic Old West, and thus be largely forgotten. The post-WWI period saw such a spike in train robberies nationally that in 1921, per Patterson, 1,000 Marines were dispatched to the postal service to guard mail trains. 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
      • 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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