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.
True West November 2023