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Bag of moneyBag of moneyThe following is a list of bank, train and stagecoach robberies that have been attributed to the James-Younger Gang. Additional robberies have been charged to them without substantial evidence to their participation.

 

 

Bag of moneyMarch 20, 1868 – Bank of Nimrod L. Long & Co., Russellville, Kentucky

Five robbers, approximately $12,000 taken

 

Bag of moneyJune 3, 1871 – Obocock Bros. Bank of Corydon, Iowa

Four robbers, approximately $6,000 taken

 

Bag of moneyApril 29, 1872 – Bank of Columbia, Columbia, Kentucky

Five robbers, approximately $1,500 taken and the bank teller killed

 

Bag of moneySeptember 26, 1872 – Kansas City Exposition, Kansas City, Missouri

Three robbers, approximately $978 taken

 

Bag of moneyJuly 21, 1873 – Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad, Adair, Iowa

Five robbers, approximately $3,000 taken and the train’s Engineer killed

 

Bag of moneyJanuary 8, 1874 – Monroe & Shreveport Stage Line, Arcadia, Louisiana

Five robbers, approximately $760 taken but the robbers returned $5 to three passengers and $10 to the other two passengers

 

Bag of moneyJanuary 15, 1874 – Malvern/Hot Springs stagecoach, near Malvern, Arkansas

Five robbers, approximately $2,000 and jewelry taken

 

Bag of moneyJanuary 31, 1874 – Iron Mountain Railroad, Gad’s Hill, Missouri

Five robbers, approximately $2,000 taken

 

Bag of moneyAugust 30, 1874 – Stagecoach, Lexington, Missouri

Three robbers, most likely Jesse & Frank James, neither the Younger brothers nor John Jarrett were involved

 

Bag of moneyDecember 7, 1874 – Tishomingo Saving Bank, Corinth, Mississippi

Four robbers, approximately $5,000 and jewelry taken (the Gang split for two jobs 560 miles apart, Corinth, MS and Muncie, KS)

 

Bag of moneyDecember 8, 1874 – Kansas & Pacific Railroad, Muncie, Kansas

Five robbers, approximately $30,000 taken

 

Bag of moneySeptember 6, 1875 – Bank of Huntington, Huntington, West Virginia.

Four robbers, approximately $10,500 taken

 

Bag of moneyJuly 6, 1876 – Missouri Pacific Railroad, Otterville, Missouri

Eight robbers, approximately $15,000 taken

 

Bag of moneySeptember 7, 1876 – First National Bank, Northfield, Minnesota

Eight robbers, approximately $26.70 taken and the cashier killed

 

The robbery at the First National Bank in Northfield, MN was the demise of the James-Younger Gang. Gang members Clell Miller and Bill Stiles had been killed on the streets of Northfield, the remaining members made their escape west through difficult, watery terrain. About September 13th the James boys decided to split from the Younger brothers. On September 21st the Younger brothers, Cole, Jim and Bob, along with Charlie Pitts (Sam Wells), were surrounded at Hanska Slough, north of Madelia, MN and surrendered to the authorities. Jesse and Frank James escaped Minnesota, with wounds, and hobbled their way back home.

After safely arriving home Frank James made an honest effort to live as an honest, upstanding citizen, in many ways Jesse did too; however, the ease of getting quick money was too strong for Jesse to deny and he gathered new members to form his own gang and continued down the path of wrong-doing until he met his fate on April 3, 1882.