— LAST OLD WEST TERRORIST — In the early morning of August 25, 1896, outlaw Bill Doolin left his sleeping wife and child in her parents’ farmhouse and stepped into the main road under the light of a full moon—a walk from which he wouldn’t return.

Not far from the house in Lawson, Oklahoma, lawman Heck Thomas, and four deputies waited in hiding.

When Thomas spotted Doolin, […]

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Railroad Detectives Combat Crime

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As the railroad system expanded across the United States in the last half of the 19th century, so did crime against railroads.

There were no organized police units in place when railroads were first built. Law enforcement, for the most part, was left to vigilante groups, but weren’t very effective.

Railroads Take Steps to Combat Crime

The situation only worsened after the Civil War. By then, there were 30,000 miles of railroad tracks across the […]

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