The 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.
March 20, 1868 – Bank of Nimrod L. Long & Co., Russellville, Kentucky
Five robbers, approximately $12,000 taken
June 3, 1871 – Obocock Bros. Bank of Corydon, Iowa
Four robbers, approximately $6,000 taken
April 29, 1872 – Bank of Columbia, Columbia, Kentucky
Five robbers, approximately $1,500 taken and the bank teller killed
September 26, 1872 – Kansas City Exposition, Kansas City, Missouri
Three robbers, approximately $978 taken
July 21, 1873 – Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad, Adair, Iowa
Five robbers, approximately $3,000 taken and the train’s Engineer killed
January 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
January 15, 1874 – Malvern/Hot Springs stagecoach, near Malvern, Arkansas
Five robbers, approximately $2,000 and jewelry taken
January 31, 1874 – Iron Mountain Railroad, Gad’s Hill, Missouri
Five robbers, approximately $2,000 taken
August 30, 1874 – Stagecoach, Lexington, Missouri
Three robbers, most likely Jesse & Frank James, neither the Younger brothers nor John Jarrett were involved
December 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)
December 8, 1874 – Kansas & Pacific Railroad, Muncie, Kansas
Five robbers, approximately $30,000 taken
September 6, 1875 – Bank of Huntington, Huntington, West Virginia.
Four robbers, approximately $10,500 taken
July 6, 1876 – Missouri Pacific Railroad, Otterville, Missouri
Eight robbers, approximately $15,000 taken
September 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.