The Wild Bunch Hit The First National Bank September 19, 1900

Wild Bunch

Butch Cassidy’s The Wild Bunch, robbed the First National Bank in Winnemucca, Nevada making off with $32,640.  The gang celebrated the success of the robbery in Fort Worth by posing for the famous photograph of the five robbers. Cassidy, Sundance, Bill Carver, Harvey Logan, and Ben Kilpatrick in suits. The Pinkerton Detective Agency would use the photograph in their wanted poster.

Sam Bass Robs The Union Pacific On September 18, 1877

Sam Bass

Bass and fellow outlaw Joel Collins recruited several hard characters to rob stagecoaches. On stolen horses they held up seven coaches without recouping their fortunes. Next, in search of bigger loot, a band of six, led by Collins and including Bass, rode south to Big Springs, Nebraska, where, in the evening of September 18, they held up an eastbound Union Pacific passenger train. They took $60,000 in newly minted twenty-dollar gold pieces from the express car and $1,300 plus four gold watches from the passengers. After dividing the loot the bandits decided to go in pairs in different directions. Within a few weeks Collins and two others were killed while resisting arrest. But Bass, disguised as a farmer, made it back to Texas, where he formed a new outlaw band.

Black Bart Robs Stagecoach September 17, 1882

Black Bart

On September 17, 1882, Black Bart robs the Wells Fargo & Co’s Express in Shasta County the stage from Yreka to Redding.

Bob Younger Dies In Prison September 16, 1889

Bob Younger

Bob Younger was a member of the James-Younger gang that included Frank and Jesse James. The other members were Bob’s older brothers Cole and Jim Younger, Clell Miller, Arthur McCoy, Charlie Pitts, John Jarrette, Mathew “Ace” Nelson.  For ten years the gang would rob banks, trains, and stagecoaches in Missouri, Kentucky, Iowa, Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, and West Virginia. The gang would attempt to rob The First National Bank in Northfield, Minnesota on September 7, 1876. The citizens of Northfield armed themselves and would defend their bank. Bob Younger was shot in the right elbow and two other members were shot dead.  All three Younger brothers would be wounded and captured in the shootout a couple weeks later with a posse. Frank and Jesse James escaped and were seprated from the gang durring the faild raid. Bob Younger was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. He died of tuberculosis in prison at Stillwater, Minnesota. He was 35 years old.  He was buried in Lee’s Summit Historical Cemetery.

Doc Holliday’s Frock Coat Sold for $55,000

Doc Holliday Frock Coat

The Harrisburg Wild West Artifacts Auction this past July, had a frock coat owned by Doc Holliday that sold for $55,000.  The coat is in a display box with a letter from the Arizona Pioneers Home. Apparently Mary K. Cummings better know as “Big Nose Kate” the long time girlfriend to Doc Holliday, kept the coat. Cummings in her older years would end up in the Arizona Pioneers Home. It was a home for the elderly and she passed away 6 months after she moved in. She had wanted to leave the coat to a person named Mr. C. J. Danner who lived in Colorado Springs. A letter was written to Mr. Danner by a staff assistant Gladys Beamon informing him that Cummings had passed and she wanted to leave him the coat. She had also mentioned that the coat was favored by Doc Holliday and worn during the famous gunfight at the OK Correll. Below is the letter…..

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Geronimo Surrenders September 4, 1886


On September 4, 1886, the great Indian warrior Geronimo surrenders to General Nelson Appleton Miles.




Black Bart Strikes Again On August 31, 1881

Black Bart

August 31, 1881  famous stagecoach robber Black Bart would rob the Wells Fargo stagecoach from Roseburg to Yreka, California.

John Wesley Hardin Arrested August 23, 1877

John Wesley Hardin

August 23, 1877 John Wesley Hardin was arrested on a Florida train by Texas Ranger John Armstrong. Three years prior, Hardin had killed Deputy Sheriff Charles Webb in a small town near Austin, Texas. Up to that point it was estimated that Hardin had already killed over 27 men. Hardin had taken an alias and been on the run going back and forth between Alabama and Florida. The determined Texas Rangers found out his general location. Armstrong was sent to Florida and on a tip spotted Hardin in the smoking car of the train that had stopped in at a Pensacola station. Armstrong and local authorities rushed the train from both sides with their guns drawn. Hardin whose natural instinct was to go for his weapon, got caught up in his suspenders and Armstrong used is .45 caliber pistol to hit Hardin over the head to disable him.  Hardin would be sent back to Texas to stand on trial for murder. He was found guilty of killing Sheriff Webb and sentence to life in prison. He served 15 years when he was pardoned by the Governor. During his stay in prison he studied law. Once pardoned he took the Texas state bar exam and passed.

George Hoy Dies After Being Shot By Wyatt Earp On August 21, 1878

Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson1876

On July 26, 1878 in Dodge City, a group of drunken cowboys were firing their guns randomly in town. Assistant Marshal Wyatt Earp and Policeman James Masterson (brother of Bat Masterson) responded to the shootings. Earp and Masterson fired at the cowboys as they were trying to flee on horses across the Arkansas river bridge south of down. One of the cowboys named George Hoy was hit in the arm and fell to the ground. Hoy would eventually develop gangrene from the gunshot and die on August 21, 1878. Later in Wyatt Earp’s autobiography by Stuart Lake, Earp would claim that he was the one that hit Hoy with the fatal shot.

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