Near Medicine Bow in Albany County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Albany County Train Robberies
One of the most famous Wyoming train bandits is Bill Carlisle. In 1916, Carlisle was sentenced to life in prison for robbing three Union Pacific trains. Three years later, he escaped from the Wyoming Penitentiary. Soon after his escape, Carlisle robbed another Union Pacific train near Rock River, Wyoming.
Erected by Wyoming State Archives and Historical Department.
Location. 41° 51.899′ N, 106° 4.394′ W. Marker is near Medicine Bow, Wyoming, in Albany County. Marker is on U.S. 30, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Medicine Bow WY 82329, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dinosaur Graveyard (here, next to this marker); Owen Wister (approx. 6.9 miles away); George A. Wyman (approx. 6.9 miles away); Rock Creek (approx. 8˝ miles away).
More about this marker. This marker is located on U.S. Highway 30, also numbered as U.S. Highway 287, at the Carbon/Albany county line.
Also see . . .
1. Wilcox Train Robbery - Historynet. The June 2, 1899, Wilcox holdup would become one of the West’s most famous train robberies. The Union Pacific Overland Flyer No. 1 had two sections, each pulled by its own locomotive. The first section was flagged down by two men with lanterns at milepost No. 609 at 2:18 that rainy Friday morning. Thinking that a small wooden bridge ahead might have washed out overnight, engineer Jones brought this first section to a screeching stop. (Submitted on October 16, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
2. Bill Carlisle, Gentleman Bandit - WyoHistory.org. The story reads like a dime novel: A white-masked train robber succeeds in acquiring “donations” from Union Pacific passengers and, despite a massive manhunt, eludes capture. He robs again. After being caught, he escapes from prison, holds up another train, and is returned to the penitentiary. There, he meets a priest who helps him repent. The robber earns parole, marries, operates a restaurant, and writes a book about his experiences. - Lori Van Pelt (Submitted on October 16, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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