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Monument to the First Train Robbery in the West

1156 Anita-Adair Road, Adair, Iowa 50002 USA

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“By Jesse James and his gang of Outlaws”

Monument to the First Train Robbery in the West. Features a section of track that Jesse James used to derail the train. According to Wikipedia: Famous train robbers include Bill Miner, Jesse James, and Butch Cassidy. Jesse James is mistakenly thought to have completed the first successful train robbery in the American West when on July 21, 1873 the James-Younger Gang took US $3,000 from a Rock Island Railroad train after derailing it southwest of the town of Adair, Iowa. However, the first peacetime train robbery in the United States actually occurred on October 6, 1866, when robbers boarded the Ohio & Mississippi train shortly after it left Seymour, Indiana. They broke into one safe and tipped the other off the train before jumping off. The Pinkerton National Detective Agency later traced the crime to the Reno Gang. There was one earlier train robbery in May 1865, but because it was committed by armed guerrillas and occurred shortly after the end of the Civil War, it is not considered to be the first peacetime train robbery in the United States. Some sources say that the May 1865 robbery took place at a water siding while the train was stopped taking on water."

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Reviewed by
aurora.gray

  • 1 Review
  • 2 Helpful
June 12, 2014

Still there, just to go West not East.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
brandangelak

  • 13 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
July 10, 2015
Rated 4.0

This was easy to find and a nice spot to get out stretch our legs. Not a lot to see here, but the history is interesting and it was a good diversion.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Josie

  • 8 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
August 15, 2014
Rated 3.0

A great stop to stretch your legs, not necessarily a destination spot since this picture is the extent of the site. But if you're a fan of wild west history it is definitely worth a stop. I really liked how it was out in the mist of the wind farms.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
wayne.whelpdale

  • 8 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
July 28, 2014
Rated 4.0

As a train enthusiast myself, I made sure that my wife and kids would make this stop upon our road trip to Denver. At first we had a heck of a time trying to find this place as our maps led us to the gravel road up to the railroad tracks. Nothing was here. Once we got back to the main road, I decided to follow the road that bends and sure enough after half or so mile it led us to the site. It's a great site to witness! There's a storyboard that explains of the event that transpired as well as what happened to Jesse James later on in his life. My boys loved the train wheel statue and it's tracks! It's worth a stop in a small town in Adair, IA.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
NickiNell

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
May 28, 2014

Not here anymore but there was a ton of wind mills

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
A. Crews

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  • 81 Helpful
March 30, 2014

Thanks for the dropped pin, it got me right there. I thought it was awesome that they left part of the original train tracks as part of the monument - worth the stop.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
lpete321

  • 8 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
March 08, 2014

Dropped Pin
near Summit, IA
http://goo.gl/maps/pwiYg

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
lpete321

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  • 2 Helpful
March 08, 2014

I meant go west instead of east

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
lpete321

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  • 2 Helpful
March 08, 2014

When you get off at exit 76, go east instead of east towards 110th street. It is about a mile down on Anita Adair Road near Turkey Creek.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
codyturk

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  • 0 Helpful
August 22, 2013

Just needed to head west on the Anita Adair road for about a mile or two and would have ran into it.

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Monument to the First Train Robbery in the West

1156 Anita-Adair Road
Adair, Iowa
50002 USA

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  • Independent
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  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • No Public Restrooms
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