“THE CISCO HEIST”

TRAIN ROBBER BRACK CORNETT

— GREED DOOMS OUTLAW GANG — On a cold Wednesday morning in February 1888, a man walked into the Bank of Cisco, Texas,  just before closing time and asked engaged the cashier in conversation. Before C.C. Leveaux could respond, he looked up and saw three more men hurry through the door, guns drawn.

The Bill Whitley Gang—sometimes called the Brack Cornett Gang—walked out the door with around $9,000 in gold, silver, […]

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“A MAN UNCHANGED”

THE TALL TEXAN

— HIS LAST TRAIN ROBBERY — Convict Ben Kilpatrick left the federal pen in Atlanta about noon in the summer of 1911. He stepped through the doorway and onto a long walkway bordered by shoulder-high wire fencing.  

The path would take Kilpatrick to freedom following ten years behind bars at the sprawling three-hundred-acre facility.

While the world outside the prison walls had undergone a dramatic change in that decade, Kilpatrick left […]

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“LEAVING THE OUTLAW TRAIL”

William Ellsworth Lay, a close ally of Butch Cassidy, rode with the Wild Bunch. After a botched train robbery, he was sentenced to life in prison but was freed. […]

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“TRAILBLAZER”

TRAILBLAZER

Cattle baron Charles Goodnight developed the “chuck wagon” as a way to feed and care for the men who spent long days and nights on the hot, dry, dusty range. […]

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