Elgin in Lauderdale County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Jesse James Gang Canal Payroll Robbery/Trial of Frank James
Canal Payroll Robbery
(Continued from other side)
Erected 2016 by East Lauderdale Historical Society.
Location. 34° 51.574′ N, 87° 26.054′ W. Marker is in Elgin, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Marker is at the intersection of Lee Highway (County Route 72) and Houstontown raod (Route 33), on the right when traveling east on Lee Highway. Touch for map. Near Woods Wholesale Flooring. Marker is in this post office area: Killen AL 35645, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mitchell Town Community (approx. 0.3 miles away); Center (Centre) Star (approx. 1.2 miles away); Cherokee Chief Doublehead's village around 1800 (approx. 1.3 miles away); Daniel White (approx. 1.4 miles away); Elgin/Elgin Crossroads (approx. 2½ miles away); Springfield Community 1810/Springfield Church and School (approx. 3.3 miles away); Covington/Second Creek / Wheeler Dam/Lake (approx. 3.7 miles away); Wheeler Dam • Wheeler Reservoir/Locks (approx. 4.3 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The last ride of Jesse James: Infamous outlaw's last crime was robbing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Submitted on November 22, 2016, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.)
2. Jesse James stole Corps payroll 130 years ago today. It was a rainy and windy Friday on March 11, 1881, when Alexander G. Smith, receiver of materials, returned from Florence, Ala., with $5,240.18. He never made good on the cash delivery bound for laborers working on the Muscle Shoals Canal Project on the Tennessee River. (Submitted on November 22, 2016, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.)
3. Jesse James. Western Outlaw. He was born Jesse Woodson James in Kearney, Missouri to Baptist minister Reverend Robert and Zerelda James and the younger brother of James. His father heeding a calling left for California with the intent of preaching to gold miners but contracted cholera and died. (Submitted on November 22, 2016, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.)
4. James Andrew "Dick" Liddil. He was with the James Gang after the war. He was a secret foe of James and testified against Frank James at his trial. He was involved in several James Gang train robberies (Submitted on November 22, 2016, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.)
5. Alexander G. "Alex" Smith. t was while in the service of the government that a most interesting event of his life occurred. He had received at Florence a large sum of money to pay the men at work on the canal, and in carrying it to the place of payment he was attacked by Jessie James, the notorious robber, and the whole amount taken from him. He was bound and carried on horseback up into the hilly country north of the river, and before he could report the robbery the bandit had made good his escape. The amount thus captured by the bold robber ammounted $4,000 or $5,000. TIMES DAILY - January 1, 1900 (Submitted on November 22, 2016, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.)
6. Alexander Frank James. Western Outlaw. He was born Alexander Franklin James in Kearney, Missouri to a Baptist minister. Frank was the first of four children. His father heeding a calling left for California with the intent of preaching to gold miners but contracted cholera and died. (Submitted on November 22, 2016, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.)
7. LeRoy Pope Walker. Civil War Confederate Brigadier General, Confederate Cabinet Secretary. As the first Secretary of War in the CSA, appointed by President Jefferson Davis, he gave the signal, by telegraph from Montgomery, for the bombardment of Fort Sumter which started the five year civil war. Leroy Pope Walker was born the eldest son into a pioneer and prominent family, his parents were John Williams Walker and Matilda Pope in Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama (Submitted on November 22, 2016, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 22, 2016, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 495 times since then and 117 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 22, 2016, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.