Yellowstone National Park in Park County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Crime in Wonderland
From poachers to stagecoach robbers, soldiers were kept busy enforcing the law in Yellowstone.
There were five stagecoach robberies in Yellowstone, with the last occurring on 1914. What is often considered the greatest stagecoach robbery of the twentieth century occurred on August 24, 1908, about three miles east of Kepler Cascades, when a single robber held up 17 coaches with 174 passengers. He netted a total of $2,094.20 in cash and jewelry and was never caught.
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For the arrest and conviction of the man wh held up and
robbed the stages of the Transportation Companies in the
Yellowstone Park, near Keppler Cascades, on Aug. 24, 1908,
$1000.00 will be paid.
Description of the robber. About 5 ft. 8 in. tall, blue gray
eyes, bristly gray whiskers, acted either as a man badly out
of breath or a consumptive, weight about 135-150 pounds,
understood german. Had on bluish brown overalls, brown
shirt, soft felt hat and carried an automatic rifle.
Y.N. P. Trans. Co. M-Y Stage Co, Wylie Camp. Co.
Erected by Yellowstone National Park.
Location. 44° 58.453′ N, 110° Touch for map. Marker is located in the Mammoth Hot Springs Area of Yellowstone National Park. Marker is in this post office area: Yellowstone National Park WY 82190, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Most Fortunate Thing... (a few steps from this marker); Guard Duty (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); At Guard (about 300 feet away); A Sense of Community (about 400 feet away); A Soldier’s Life (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named A Soldier's Life (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named A Sense of Community (about 500 feet away); A Good Duty Station (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yellowstone National Park.
More about this marker. The background of the marker features a photograph of “Stagecoach robber Ed Trafton sort[ing] his loot from the last holdup on July 29, 1914. Photo taken by stagecoach passengers who had just been robbed.”
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. See all of the markers on the Fort Yellowstone walking tour.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 13, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 174 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 13, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.