Seymour, Indiana: Graves of America's First Train Robbers

The Reno Brothers pulled off America's first planned train robbery, but they were caught, hanged by vigilantes, and buried in the town cemetery.

St. Ambrose Cemetery

E. 9th St., Seymour, IN
The St. Ambrose Cemetery grave is just north 9th St., closest to Shields Ave., with a small fence around the tombstones. Hangman Crossing is about 2.5 miles west of town on US Hwy 50, at a railroad crossing.
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Three Reno Brothers graves.

Graves of America's First Train Robbers

vDirectly across the street from the intersection of E/ 9th St and Pershing St. Parking on street.

[Stephen Francia, 07/14/2022]

Three Reno Brothers graves.

Graves of America's First Train Robbers

The graves are easy to find and well-maintained. A nice marker tells their history.

[Lorie Bettice, 08/21/2020]

The three Reno Brothers pulled multiple railway heists before being hanged by a lynch mob in 1868.

Hangman's Crossing.

Graves of America's First Train Robbers

Hangman crossing has no tree?!?

[Penny, 05/13/2015]

Historic trees have a habit of falling over after a century of admirer traffic.

Reno graves.

Graves of America's First Train Robbers

I visited on a foggy afternoon, which seemed to add to the ghostly lore behind this historical grave site. The sites are well maintained in this old graveyard. It's an interesting place to walk for people who are interested in old headstones.

[Jeff Wilson, 12/29/2014]
Reno Gang, Train Robbers: Graves, Hanging Tree

The first planned train robbery in the US happened in Seymour by the Reno Gang. Three Reno brothers were caught and hanged in a tree. That area is still known as Hangman's Crossing.

The gravestones for three of the Reno brothers are in the old city cemetery in Seymour. One of the stones was stolen several years ago and recently found and returned.

[leb, 08/17/2009]

The line between that train robbery, the hanging, and the graves is not so simple. Hangman's Crossing, an unincorporated town, is a couple miles west of Seymour. A group of vigilantes stopped a train carrying three Reno brothers' henchmen already in captivity, and hanged them at this spot. A few days later they stopped a wagon with three more captured Reno gang members and hanged them from the same tree. The Reno brothers did not meet their end at Hangman's Crossing -- they were in jail in New Albany on Dec. 11, 1868, so the vigilantes had to commute a fair distance to break in and hang the brothers there. Seymour's other claim to fame is that it's the hometown of John Cougar Mellencamp.

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John Mellencamp MuralJohn Mellencamp Mural, Seymour, IN - < 1 mi.
Freeman Army Airfield MuseumFreeman Army Airfield Museum, Seymour, IN - 3 mi.
Limestone Pillars - Veterans MemorialLimestone Pillars - Veterans Memorial, Columbus, IN - 16 mi.
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