The Most Famous Train Robber: Exploring Iconic Figures in Railroad Heists

Choose the train robber you think is the most famous!

Author: Gregor Krambs
Updated on Apr 8, 2024 08:23
Step right up and make your voice heard in the great debate of the most notorious train robbers of all time! From the infamous Jesse James to the legendary Butch Cassidy, StrawPoll brings you the ultimate ranking showdown of these daring outlaws who've etched their names in history. Join thousands of fellow enthusiasts as we embark on an adrenaline-fueled journey through the thrilling tales of cunning heists and daring escapes that have left us all in awe. Unleash your inner outlaw and cast your vote for the most famous train robber, or even suggest a missing name to ensure no bandit is left behind. The train of excitement is leaving the station, so hop on board and let's ride together into the wild world of train robbery history!

Who Is the Most Famous Train Robber?

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    Jesse James was an American outlaw, gang leader, bank and train robber, and guerrilla fighter of the Old West. He is one of the most famous train robbers in history.
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    Butch Cassidy was an American train and bank robber during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was the leader of a gang known as the "Wild Bunch," and they were responsible for many train robberies.
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    Bonnie and Clyde

    Media and public
    Bonnie and Clyde were a notorious couple who robbed banks, gas stations, and trains during the Great Depression. They became famous for their daring escapes and ruthless tactics.
    Bonnie and Clyde is a call sign referring to the notorious criminal couple, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, who were active during the Great Depression. They gained notoriety for their bank robberies, car thefts, and murders.
    • Time period: 1930s
    • Nickname: Bonnie and Clyde
    • Occupation: Outlaws
    • Notable activities: Bank robberies, car thefts, murder
    • Escape methods: Frequent use of stolen cars
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    John Dillinger
    FBI · Public domain
    John Dillinger was an American gangster and bank robber during the Great Depression. He was one of the most famous criminals of his time and was responsible for several train robberies.
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    Bill Miner
    Mary Spencer · Public domain
    Bill Miner was a Canadian outlaw and train robber who operated in the late 19th century. He was known as the "Gentleman Bandit" because of his polite mannerisms during robberies.
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    Sam Bass
    Unknown authorUnknown author · Public domain
    Sam Bass was an American train robber and outlaw who operated in the late 1800s. He is known for his daring heists and his ability to evade the law.
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    Tom Ketchum was an American cowboy and train robber who operated in the late 1800s. He was known as the "Black Jack" because of his dark complexion and ruthless tactics.
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    Robert LeRoy Parker (aka "Butch Cassidy")
    Users CDA, Greenmountainboy on en.wikipedia · Public domain
    Robert LeRoy Parker, better known as "Butch Cassidy," was an American train and bank robber who operated in the late 1800s and early 1900s. He was the leader of the "Wild Bunch" gang and is one of the most famous train robbers in history.
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    Harry Longabaugh (aka "The Sundance Kid")
    Unknown authorUnknown author · Public domain
    Harry Longabaugh, better known as "The Sundance Kid," was an American outlaw and train robber who operated in the late 1800s and early 1900s. He was a member of the "Wild Bunch" gang and was known for his sharpshooting skills.
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    Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd was an American gangster and bank robber who operated in the early 1900s. He was known for his daring heists and his ability to evade the law.

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Ranking factors for famous train robber

  1. Historical Significance
    The impact and significance of the train robber's actions in the context of their era and the history of train robbery.
  2. Notoriety
    The level of attention and fame achieved by the train robber, both during their criminal career and in popular culture over time.
  3. Successful Heists
    The number and success of their train robberies, including the amount of loot stolen and their ability to evade capture.
  4. Infamy
    The train robber's reputation for violence, brutality, or audacity that contributed to their fame or notoriety.
  5. Public Perception
    The perception and reputation of the train robber among the general public, law enforcement, and the media.
  6. Cultural Impact
    The lasting influence or legacy of the train robber on popular culture, literature, films, songs, or other forms of media.

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More information on most famous train robber

Train robbery has been a popular subject for movies, books, and folklore for centuries. However, few train robbers have captured the public's imagination quite like the infamous Jesse James and the Dalton Gang. Jesse James, the notorious outlaw from Missouri, is often considered one of the most famous train robbers in history. His exploits with his gang, which included robbing trains throughout the Midwest, made him a legend in his own time. The Dalton Gang, on the other hand, was a group of brothers who terrorized trains in the West during the late 1800s. While their reign of terror was short-lived, their brazen robberies made them infamous and cemented their place in history as some of the most daring train robbers of all time.

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