Marshfield Train Robbery
One of the earliest U.S. train robberies occurred May 22, 1868 at nearby Marshfield, a refueling and watering stop. Engine and express car were detached from Jeffersonville, Madison, and Indianapolis Railroad train and abandoned near Seymour. Notorious Reno Gang took U.S. treasury notes and government bonds from Adams Express Company safes in car.
Indiana~based Reno Gang operated after the Civil War during a period of unemployment and lawlessness. Vigilante organizations continued to be active. Pinkerton National Detective Agency investigated Marshfiled robbery and apprehended several suspects. Before any were tried, members of Reno Gang were lynched by vigilantes.
Erected 2002 by Indiana Historical Bureau, Preservation Alliance, Inc., and Scoutt County Community Foundation.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Indiana Historical Bureau Markers series list. A significant historical date for this entry is May 22, 1868.
Location. 38° 42.683′ N, 85°
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lake Iola Interurban Site (approx. 1.2 miles away); Scottsburg Depot (approx. 1.9 miles away); Scott County Courthouse (approx. 2 miles away); Scott County War Memorial (approx. 2 miles away); William Hayden English (approx. 2 miles away); Scott County's Carnegie Library (approx. 2 miles away); Town of Austin (approx. 2.7 miles away); Scott County Home (approx. 2.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Scottsburg.
Also see . . .
1. OLD WEST LEGENDS Reno Gang & the 1st Big Train Robbery. (Submitted on November 11, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
2. Jeffersonville, Madison and Indianapolis Railroad. (Submitted on November 11, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 12, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 11, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 259 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 11, 2016, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.