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  • Alice Hardie Stevens Center 603 East Ivinson Avenue Laramie, WY, 82070 United States (map)

Bob Kelley and Ray Jacquot will give a presentation on the infamous Wilcox train robbery. Social hour 6:30, presentation 7:00.

In 1899, just prior to the relocation of Union Pacific Railroad between Pine Ridge and Medicine Bow, bandits staged a nighttime robbery of a westbound train. This robbery took place several miles west of the original Wilcox Station. Dynamite was used several times to gain access to the express car and open the safe containing bank notes, marked bills, gold coins and jewelry. This presentation will summarize the chronology of the robbery, the personnel involved, the escape of the bandits and the aftermath. In 2009 the precise site of the robbery was located using a metal detector to find the debris field from the explosions, primarily the one to open the safe. A particularly interesting episode involves gold coins found in 1909 buried in the basement of the decommissioned store in the former town of Rock Creek.