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A screen shot from 'The Great Train Robbery'

Real life robberies inspired "The Great Train Robbery" released in 1903

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The First Known Train Robbery in the U.S.
October 6, 1866

On October 6, 1866, one of the first train robberies in America took place when the Reno brothers boarded an eastbound train in Indiana wearing masks and toting guns. After emptying one safe and tossing the other out the window, the robbers jumped off the train and made an easy getaway.
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VIDEO CREDIT: Porter, Edwin, producer. “The Great Train Robbery,” November 1903. Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, Library of Congress. Call Number VBS 0062.