Train Robbers

Patterson Train Robbery Era 001Last night the Scottsdale Corral of Westerners listened to a tale of train robbers and family connections. Donna Harrell, a descendant of the Younger clan (James-Younger gang), talked about John F. Kennedy, a mid-western train robber around the end of the nineteenth century. Kennedy, associated with Jesse James Jr. and courted a Younger daughter, was probably not your typical train robber. He didn’t steal from the passengers, only what was in the express box. He also never rode his horse along the train to grab on, but instead stopped the train near a town or station by waving a red lantern. Kennedy eventually met his fate at the hands of lawman’s bullet. To learn more about train robbers and badmen, check out our outlaw section.