The Wilcox Robbery

The Beginning of the End for the "Wild Bunch"

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  1. The Wilcox train robbery occurred at 1:00 a.m. on June 2, 1899, near Wilcox, Wyoming, outside of Laramie. Masked men boarded the Overland Flyer and forced it to a halt and ordered the attendant to open the door. When he refused, the car and safe were blown up, and the robbers got away with $30,000.
  2. The Sun-Leader reported that suspects were the Wild Bunch led by Butch Cassidy. The Wyoming Derrick reported the culprits to be George Curry and the Roberts brothers.
  3. Whoever they were, the authorities believed some of the robbers were heading for Hole in the Wall country in Central Wyoming. There, in a gunfight, Sheriff Joe Hazen was shot and killed, and the robbers escaped across the river.
  4. Another train robbery occurred on August 29, 1900, when robbers seized $50,000 in gold from a Union Pacific train near Tipton, Wyoming.
  5. While the robberies were successful, they marked the beginning of the end for the "Wild Bunch." In 1897, E.H. Harriman took over the railroad and its reconstruction. The special agents he hired along with the modern communication of long distance telephone service, which allowed the agents to trace gang member movements, proved to be the undoing of the gang.
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