The first Missouri train robbery by the James Gang took place on this date. It was at Gads Hill. After the robbery, Jesse gave the conductor a written press release so the information would be reported accurately.

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.