The First Known Train Robbery in the U.S.
A wave of train robberies followed the Reno brothers' startling hold up. Within two weeks, two trains were derailed and their safes were robbed! During another robbery in Indiana, an expressman, (a person who makes collections or deliveries for an express company), was thrown out of the window before safes were emptied of an amount of $40,000!
One witness to a train robbery in the late 1880's described the experience. "I decided to come home Thanksgiving to be with my family at Silver City. I boarded the train at Wilcox. There was a large shipment of gold on the train. Just out of Steins Pass we could see a large bonfire. One of the train-men remarked, 'Wonder what the big fire is. I hope we don't run into any trouble.' ...Then, as today, curiosity got the best of some of us so we had to find out why the train came to an abrupt stop, and why the bon-fire was put on the track. We found ourselves looking into the barrel of guns."