Garrettsville in Portage County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
"Creepy" Karpis and The Last Great Train Heist
"I thought of the great bandits of the old West [like] the James Brothers...They knocked over trains, and I was going to pull the same stunt," exclaimed notorious gangster Alvin "Creepy" Karpis. On November 7, 1935, Karpis and his bandits held up Erie Train #626 at this former location of the Garrettsville Train Depot, escaping with over $46,000 in cash and securities. Because of this last great train heist in American history, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and his Government Men (G-Men) improved their surveillance methods to capture Karpis. Once labeled "Public Enemy Number One," Alvin Karpis became Hoover's first arrest on May 1, 1936. Local legend holds that FBI agents flooded this town searching for Karpis and his accomplices, and this led the James A. Garfield School District to adopt the G-Men as the mascot for its athletic teams.
*Image* The Garrettsville Train Depot in 1935. Photograph courtesy of the James A. Garfield Historical Society *Image* New Agent "G-Men" Training Class, 1935. Except where noted, photographs courtesy of the F.B.I. *Image* The capture of Alvin Karpis in New Orleans,
Erected 2014 by James A. Garfield Historical Society James A. Garfield Local School District The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 14-67.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Law Enforcement • Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical date for this entry is May 1, 1936.
Location. 41° 16.915′ N, 81° 6.042′ W. Marker is in Garrettsville, Ohio, in Portage County. Marker is at the intersection of Freedom Street and White Street, on the right on Freedom Street. Located at the Headwaters Trail Parking Lot. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Garrettsville OH 44231, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hart Crane American Poet (approx. 0.2 miles away); Maple Industry in Garrettsville, Ohio (approx. ¼ mile away); Garrettsville, OhioCommemorating the 120th Anniversary (approx. 0.3 miles away); History of Koritansky Hall (approx. 2.9 miles away); James A. Garfield (approx. 2.9 miles away); Hiram College (approx. 3 miles away); The Underground Railroad / Escaping Slavery In Eastern Ohio (approx. 4.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Garrettsville.
Also see . . . Alvin Karpis. Alcatraz History (Submitted on August 19, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 19, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 18, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 575 times since then and 169 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 18, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 5. submitted on August 19, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 6. submitted on August 18, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.