The Big Haul Rustler Bill Cruzan’s move to train robbery paid dividends.

Bill Cruzan
Bill Cruzan.

Bill Cruzan was an off and on member of the Wild Bunch.  In the 1890s, he was primarily known as a rustler and spent three years in prison for stealing cattle.  But on August 29, 1900, he graduated to the big time.  Cruzan, wearing a mask, climbed over the tender on a Union Pacific train outside Tipton, Wyoming.  He forced the engineer to stop. Two other robbers, Ben Kilpatrick and Kid Curry, entered the express car and got an estimated $50,000.  The outlaws made a clean getaway.  It was the biggest haul of Cruzan’s career.

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