Adair, Iowa: Jesse James - First Train Robbery in the West

The monument features the actual section of track that Jesse James moved to derail the train on July 21, 1873. The plaque, mounted in a train wheel, was stolen years ago and taken to Ohio; then the thief's house burned down and the plaque was discovered and returned.
Address:
1156 Anita-Adair Rd, Adair, IA
Directions:
I-80 exit 75, then south on Anita-Adair Rd. On the left.
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First train robbery in the west plaque. Monument to the First Train Robbery in the West

Monument to the First Train Robbery in the West. Picture from April 2007.

[Matt, 02/16/2008]

Several places make the "first train robbery in the West" claim. This one is special because of the Jesse James connection, and because it still has the rearranged railroad track.

Separated rails, Jesse James train robbery. Jesse James' First Train Robbery in the West

This monument shows where the first western train robbery by Jesse James occurred on July 21, 1873. It has the actual track Jesse James separated to derail the train.

[Randy Walker, 04/02/2005]

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