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First train robbery in midwest in 1873


ADAIR COUNTY (KWWL) -- Jesse James and his band of outlaws robbed a train in Adair July 21, 1873.  It was the first train robbery to occur in the midwest.  The gang hit multiple locations including banks throughout the midwest during their careers of crime.

Jesse James was one of the most successful bank robbers in American history, eluding authorities for nearly 15 years.

James was assassinated and died in 1882.

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