The Ketchum Gang pulls a train holdup.
May 14, 1897. Tom Ketchum (photo)–already, mistakenly, being referred to as “Black Jack”–goes into the railroad business. He, Dave Atkins and Will Carver hold up a train just outside Lozier, Texas. Their inexperience shows.
It takes a couple of hours and three loads of dynamite to blow the express safe, but they do get away safely and the job proves to be worth it. The boys head back to their New Mexico hideout with about $42,000.