The Last Train Holdup in Texas

willis-newton-blogWillis Newton thought robbing a train would be easier than picking cotton.  So he and a pal called Red stuck up the Southern Pacific just outside Cline, TX late on December 31, 1914.

It was the last Old West-style train holdup in Texas.

Afterwards, the boys walked 50 miles to Willis’ mom’s house and split the $4700 take.  But Newton wasn’t done.  He joined his brothers and between 1919 and 1924, it’s estimated that they held up 87 banks and six trains.

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