### Banks

There were three major targets for criminals in the Wild West. They were Stagecoaches, Trains, and Banks. Most criminals started out small, stealing horses, rustling cattle, or holding up the box office at the county fair. But eventually they moved on to more challenging activities. Banks, stagecoaches, and trains carried more money, but they were more dangerous to rob. That’s why most outlaws would travel in gangs.

There were lots of good reasons to travel in a gang. During a bank robbery, each member of the gang handled a different job. One or two men could stand as lookouts, some would hold up the bank, and other members of the gang would hide outside town with fresh horses. Often they would split up after a robbery and give the posse different trails to follow.

There was another reason a gang was important. If the outlaws stole gold or something heavy like coins, it would be difficult to carry alone.

Here’s a fun math problem for you:

If the Sam Bass Gang stole 60,00 dollars in \$20 gold pieces (which they did), how much would their loot bags weigh?

Here's a hint: A Gold Eagle weighed 33.43 grams.

If you want to know how to convert grams into pounds: CLICK HERE

Once you find the answer, you'll know the most important reason outlaws had to travel in gangs!