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    Kentucky Kache

    James gang

    James Gang retreat
    On March 20, 1868, Jesse James, Frank James, Cole Younger, and four other James Gang members held up the bank at Russelville in Logan County, Kentucky. The take was $17,000. $5,000 of this was in bank notes and the bulk of the rest in gold coins. But their escape was not easy; in spite of being both beaten and shot, banker Nimrod Long escaped to spread the alarm. Before the sound of their hoofbeats faded a 50 man posse was riding in hot pursuit of the James Gang. The outlaws were tracked to Allen County where the gang split up. With a posse on their trail, it is not likely that there was any chance to divide the loot before this.

    Some of the tracks led away toward Red River County, but the trail petered out before the possemen could catch up with the riders. The trackers had no way of knowing it, but those tracks belonged to Frank and Jesse who were working their way back towards Adairville, 15 miles from the scene of the crime. This was the home of Jesse's cousin, George T. Hite, an arthritic grocer said to be one of Jesse's closest friends in the whole world. The Hite place soon became a frequent stopover for the James Gang who used it as a place to unwind after many train and stage hold ups. There has long been speculation that some of the gang's loot was hidden there.

  2. #2
    Jul 2005
    West Virginia
    23 times

    Re: James gang

    Great story, and since I live in KY Imight as well take a look. Thanks
    Just because it did not work does not mean it was not a good plan!

  3. #3
    Oct 2004
    South Central Oklahoma
    TF 900, Schonstedt, Whites, Garrett, GPR, etc.
    62 times

    Re: James gang

    Adairville is a friendly community. I attended church services there many times and when I visit I always get a warm welcome. There are several local legends about Jesse and Frank that you'll here around there. Not far away is a cave that the state has fenced off that was rumored to have been used by the gang.



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