"The James-Younger gang (1866-82) began the American outlaw tradition of armed bank robbery at Liberty, Missouri, on 13 February 1866. Although the first train robbery had been by the Reno brothers in Indiana in 1866, it was the James-Younger gang that, again, made this innovative act of American banditry a national tradition… From the James and Younger brothers down to the Dalton and Doolin era, these daring desperadoes fit the pattern of social banditry: men whose audacious exploits won the admiration of rural people wilting under the economic and cultural pressure of a modern, industrializing, corporation-dominated society."—Richard Maxwell Brown in “Violence,” from The Oxford History of the American West
140 years ago, today, Jesse James and his gang made their first train robbery in Adair, Iowa. That robbery sealed his fate as one of the most notorious outlaws in American history. 
Image credit: Jesse (25) and Frank James (29), 1872, Carolinda, Illinois. US Army Corps of Engineers Digital Library. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

"The James-Younger gang (1866-82) began the American outlaw tradition of armed bank robbery at Liberty, Missouri, on 13 February 1866. Although the first train robbery had been by the Reno brothers in Indiana in 1866, it was the James-Younger gang that, again, made this innovative act of American banditry a national tradition… From the James and Younger brothers down to the Dalton and Doolin era, these daring desperadoes fit the pattern of social banditry: men whose audacious exploits won the admiration of rural people wilting under the economic and cultural pressure of a modern, industrializing, corporation-dominated society."
—Richard Maxwell Brown in “Violence,” from The Oxford History of the American West

140 years ago, today, Jesse James and his gang made their first train robbery in Adair, Iowa. That robbery sealed his fate as one of the most notorious outlaws in American history. 

Image credit: Jesse (25) and Frank James (29), 1872, Carolinda, Illinois. US Army Corps of Engineers Digital Library. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.