Hot Springs,Arkansas : Jesse James and the Younger Brothers were fond of robbing stagecoaches near Hot Springs. Apparently, it was something to brag about. Here's a photo of three Arkansas men who were robbed of $3000 and some valuables. They commemorated the event by painting "Robbed by Jesse James January 15, 1874 on top of their stagecoach. This was supposedly the first of a string of James-Younger holdups on the road between Malvern and Hot Springs.
Jesse James' first train robbery was July 21, 1873 near Adair, Iowa. The engine, tender, and baggage cars were derailed and the engineer killed. Jesse and his brother Frank, approached the expressman with cocked 44’s. The James-Younger gang rode off with nearly $3,000—worth about $51,000 today.
A signed photograph of the notorious outlaw Jesse James. The only known signed photograph of US outlaw Jesse James made $ 51,240 at auction. Born in Missouri in 1847, James was a Confederate guerrilla during the American civil war and turned his hand to all manner of nefarious activities in the following years, including train robbery and bank raids. James was killed in 1882 by Robert Ford, a member of his gang, for a $ 10,000 reward.
This photo of Jesse James became the most famous photograph taken in the 19th century. More people knew who he was than the president of the United States. Learn more about this infamous outlaw in Ron Hansen's novel, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford : http://www.openroadmedia.com/blog/2013-06-13/Ron-Hansen-and-the-Assassination-of-Jesse-James
Jesse James, one of the most violent outlaws of the wild west, got his first taste for violence as a Confederate guerrilla during the Civil War. Although he came to be known as one of the most dangerous bandits of the west, James started out his life as a religious, peaceful farm boy who seemed destined for a career as a minister, like his father Robert, who died in California while preaching to gold miners. Those plans changed when the Civil War broke out in 1861 and brought chaos to his…