Wednesday, 13 May 2015
In September of 1877, Sam Bass and the notorious Black Hills Bandits set out under the cover of night to rob a Union Pacific train traveling out of San Francisco.
The outlaws seized the Union Pacific express train No. 4 at a water station in Big Springs, Nebraska. Upon boarding, they found $450 in the way safe, but soon encountered trouble. The main safe’s lock was set on a timer, which made it impossible to open the safe before the train reached its destination.
As the gang was getting ready to flee the train nearly empty-handed, something caught the eye of one of the men: three wooden boxes stacked by the main safe.
Those unassuming boxes were filled with $20 gold pieces headed from the San Francisco Mint to an Eastern Bank. All together there was $60,000 in the boxes. That would be a whopping $1,314,617 today, accounting for the first and greatest robbery of a Union Pacific train! The bandits split the money six ways and fled. One moment, Sam Bass and the Black Hills Bandits were about to pull off the biggest bust in the West, and the next moment, their names would go down in history. Now that’s the Wild West.
Take your own ride on the wild side and experience an Old Western showdown aboard the Sacramento RiverTrain’s Great Train Robbery. Make sure to keep a weather eye on the horizon for greedy outlaws!
Book your tickets now, and be sure to check back next month for a look back at another of America’s greatest train robberies!