Meet the Would-Be Train Robbers
Born on the Grapevine Prairie in 1861, Nat left home at 16 to pursue his dream of earning enough money to buy a cattle ranch. He joined the big cattle drives, and his savings grew— until the drives abruptly stopped because railroads were taking cattle directly to Chicago. Out of work, his savings vanished, Nat plans to snatch the $60,000 cash box from the train headed to the Fort Worth Stockyards auction. The train is scheduled to stop in Grapevine first, and that’s when he will make his move. No one would get hurt and Nat could buy his ranch and never cross the law again.
Willy was born to an itinerant family in 1829. Always a drifter, he bounced around from job to job, always managing to wind up on the shady side of the law. He was involved in riverboat gambling and a few stage coach and train robberies. He joined a gang, but left it because he didn’t want to hurt people—just rob them. Willy heard about the big cash box when he was gambling in Fort Worth and decided to rob the train when it stops in Grapevine. Then he will head to Galveston and take the first steamer out of there to his new life of respectability.