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Gads Hill Train Robbery - Gads Hill, MO
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 37° 14.304 W 090° 41.844
15S E 704249 N 4123803
Quick Description: Jesse and the boys pulled off a first with this one
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 11/3/2014 3:54:16 AM
Waymark Code: WMMTGN
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member cache_test_dummies
Views: 2

Long Description:

Marker Erected by: Piedmont Lions Club.
County of Marker: Wayne.
Location of Marker: MO-49, train yards, Gads Hill.

Marker Text:

Gads Hill Train Robbery
JESSE JAMES
WITH FOUR MEMBERS
OF HIS BAND
CARRIED OUT THE
FIRST MISSOURI
TRAIN ROBBERY HERE
JANUARY 31, 1874.

A more modern, or current newspaper article on the crime is in the Southeast Missourian

"Gads Hill is an unincorporated community in Wayne County, Missouri is located between two towns in Missouri — Des Arc and Piedmont. Named for the country home of Charles Dickens, it was established in 1872 by George W. Creath. The town's name was changed to Zeitonia in 1887, but reverted to Gads Hill in 1906.

At its small train station on the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway line, the first train-robbery in the state occurred on January 31, 1874. At 3:00 in the afternoon, the James-Younger gang boarded the train and proceeded to rob the passengers. While the exact amount was never certain, newspapers at the time estimated between $2,000 and $22,000 was stolen" ~ Wikipedia

Another very good article (with pictures) of this event is recorded Here: Gads Hill Train Robbery

Date of crime: 1/31/1874

Public access allowed: yes

Fee required: no

Web site: [Web Link]

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