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Verdi in Washoe County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

The Great Train Robbery

 
 
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Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, June 3, 2013
1. The Great Train Robbery Marker
Inscription.  The West’s first train robbery occurred near this site on the night of November 4, 1870. Five men, led by a stage robber–Sunday school superintendent, John Chapman, boarded the Central Pacific Overland Express at Verdi, Nevada. Two took over the engine, one the express car, and two the rear platform. One half mile east, the engine and express car were halted and cut free, then proceeded about five miles where they were stopped by a barricade. Here the robbers forced the messenger to open up. Seizing $41,600 in gold coin, they rode off. The uncoupled cars coasted down grade and met the engine. The train proceeded to Reno. After a two state chase all were caught, tried, and convicted, about ninety percent of the gold was recovered.
 
Erected by Nevada State Park System & E Clampus Vitus, Snowshoe Thomson Chapter 1827. (Marker Number 128.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical date for this entry is November 4, 1860.
 
Location. 39° 31.048′ 
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N, 119° 59.303′ W. Marker is in Verdi, Nevada, in Washoe County. Marker is at the intersection of South Verdi Road and Bridge Street, on the left when traveling east on South Verdi Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 620 South Verdi Road, Verdi NV 89439, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Inyo Marble Works (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Henness Pass Road O'Neill Station (about 700 feet away); Verdi (approx. 0.3 miles away); Truckee Trail - Last Crossing (approx. half a mile away); Crystal Peak Toll Bridge (approx. half a mile away); Verdi Veterans Memorial (approx. ¾ mile away); Von Schmidt (approx. 0.9 miles away); Henness Pass Road (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Verdi.
 
The Great Train Robbery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, June 3, 2013
2. The Great Train Robbery Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 9, 2017. It was originally submitted on June 16, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 800 times since then and 97 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 16, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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