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In Kentucky, under cover of darkness, outlaws derail a railway train and rob its passengers.

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10/11/1866

Late in the evening a group of robbers loosened the rails near Bristow, Kentucky, near Bowling Green in Warren County.  They then attached wires and when the train approached pulled away the rails, wrecking the train and seriously injuring a conductor.  The goal was the safe in the baggage car which yielded a reported $10,000 but passengers on the stricken train were also robbed of their valuables at gunpoint.  The criminals escaped and were never apprehended. (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

"Kentucky," The American Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1866 (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1873), 426.

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