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palser: This one has been difficult to keep in place. Will try something else later. Thanx to all who had some fun with this one.


Sam Bass & the Great Train Robbery

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Hidden : 4/10/2007
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2 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

Short walk from parking. Park type setting. Cache in wooded area adjacent to park.

Sam Bass and the Great Train Robbery

The first and greatest robbery of a Union Pacific Train took place near Big Springs on the night of September 18, 1877. The legendary Sam Bass and five companions, after capturing John Barnhardt, station master, and destroying the telegraph, forced Union Pacific Express Train No. 4 to halt.

A reported $60,000 in new $20 gold pieces and currency was taken from the Express car, while about $1,000 and a number of watches were taken from passengers. The accumulated loot from this, the Big Springs Robbery, it is said, was then divided by the outlaws, beneath the Lone Tree then growing on the north side of the River. After making the division, the robbers then split into pairs and fled their pursuers.

Joel Collins and Bill Heffridge were killed at Buffalo, Kansas. Jim Berry was killed near Mexico, Missouri, while Tom Nixon and Jack Davis were never located. After forming another band and robbing four trains in Texas, Sam Bass was killed by Texas Rangers at Round Rock, Texas, on July 21, 1878; it was his 27th birthday. His epitaph reads, "A brave man reposes in death here, why was he not true?"

Another piece of notoriety as far as robberies in Big Springs, in 1965 Duane Earl Pope robbed the Farmers State Bank. Killing 3 people and paralyzing the owner of the bank, Frank Kjelgaard. Frank is still living, and Pope is serving a life sentence in Nebraska. He got away with $1568.

A little help on this one for the find. Lots and lots of interference close to the cache. After 5 attempts at trying to get some good coords for the cache., I took some averages and will check them periodically to try to get closer. Anyway when you find the stump?? 6ft. to the north at the 'V' in the tree. (How's that for a hint?)


Other caches close are 'Lot Lizzard' (Big Springs/I80), 'Where the Handle Meets the Pan'

As usual hide as good or better.

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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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