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Rondout in Lake County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Rondout Train Robbery

 
 
The Rondout Train Robbery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, March 29, 2012
1. The Rondout Train Robbery Marker
Inscription. On June 12, 1924, the largest train robbery in U.S. history occurred near here. Bandits boarded the train in Chicago and forced postal clerks to surrender sacks containing more than two-million dollars in securities and cash. Local police apprehended the gunmen within a few days. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service investigated the case and identified the masterminds, one of whom was a trusted employee of the postal service. Some of the loot was never recovered. In all, eight men were convicted in Federal court and sentenced within seven months of the robbery.
 
Erected 2011 by Libertyville / Mundelein Historical Society, Lake County Museum Association, Village of Green Oaks, The Illinois State Historical Society, and the Illinois Department of Transportation.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Illinois State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 42° 16.808′ N, 87° 53.864′ W. Marker is in Rondout, Illinois, in Lake County. Marker is on Rockland Road (Illinois Route 176) 0.1 miles east of Energy Drive, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13620 Rockland Rd, Lake Bluff IL 60044, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles
The Rondout Train Robbery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, March 29, 2012
2. The Rondout Train Robbery Marker
of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Dwyer Settlement in Lake County, Illinois (approx. 2.1 miles away); Cook Memorial Library (approx. 3 miles away); Douglas A-4 "Skyhawk" (approx. 3.6 miles away); Fighting Tradesmen (approx. 3.7 miles away); Base Realignment and Closure (approx. 3.7 miles away); Wings over Great Lakes (approx. 3.7 miles away); Great Lakes History Trail (approx. 3.7 miles away); Building Five (approx. 3.7 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. The Rondout Train Robbery. Chicago Historic Living Examiner (March 7, 2009) (Submitted on April 3, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Rondout`s Nefarious Claim To Fame. Chicago Tribune (May 12, 1991) (Submitted on April 3, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
The Rondout Train Robbery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, March 29, 2012
3. The Rondout Train Robbery Marker
Looking east along Ill Rte 176 toward the railroad crossing.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,651 times since then and 87 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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