Great Train Robberies of the West by Eugene Block w Dust Jacket
Great Train Robberies of the West by Eugene Block w Dust Jacket
Great Train Robberies of the West by Eugene Block w Dust Jacket
Great Train Robberies of the West by Eugene Block w Dust Jacket

Great Train Robberies of the West by Eugene Block w Dust Jacket

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Great Train Robberies of the West by Eugene Block w Dust Jacket
 
Great Train Robberies of the West by Eugene Block
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket  (protective plastic cover0
Copyright 1959
317 pages indexed
Contents
1. THE BOLDEST OUTLAWS13
2. "THOU SHALT NOT STEAL"25
3. UNION PACIFIC37
4. A MEXICAN EXPEDITION53
5. `THROW OUT THE BOX"66
6. THE DALTON GANG88
7. CARL THE TRAMP107
8. THE ARIZONA CONSTABLE121
9. AL JENNINGS138
10. THE WILD BUNCH155
11. "HAVE A CIGAR"168
12. STEALING A LOCOMOTIVE-FOR $17179
13. THE MAN WITH THE PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORY191
14. THE PEOPLE VS. JAMES S. HOGUE205
15. THE GENTLEMAN BANDIT218
16. "RING OF ESCAPE ARTISTS"232
17. THE CASE OF THE ABANDONED OVERALLS254
18. A TELLTALE THUMBPRINT267
19. A LOST REVOLVER287
20. THE LAW'S NEW ALLY300
INDEX311

Life was cheap and often brief on the frontiers of the Old West. From 1870, when the first robbery occurred on the Central Pacific Railroad, down to 1933 when a lone bandit held up the Sunset Limited and got shot for his pains, millions of dollars in gold, silver, currency, and valuables were rifled from mail cars by desperadoes. In fact train robbery at one time became almost a regional sport.
In spite of the anxious efforts of the railroads, the police, and the gun-toting public, these attacks were often successful. Many trainmen and passengers lost their lives when robbers blasted the mail cars, or perished in the ensuing fracas. Exciting chases and sensational trials usually followed.
Mr. Block surveys this fascinating segment of Americana in detail. His book is far more than a mere collection of case histories, for he shows how the art of train robbery developed, and why. He tells the story of the leading practitioners-such men as the Dalton Gang, the Wild Bunch, "Big Nose" George Parrott, Al Jennings, and the highly successful D'Autremont brothers, one of whom has just been released from jail. These were great names in the West and their exploits still ring in the memory.
A true amateur of crime, the author brings to life some twenty of the most famous train robberies of all time. Each one will be of interest to any reader who likes a good rousing story of real life adventure, with plenty of gunplay and Fate (in the shape of the railroad police and the sheriff) usually catching up with the villain.

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