Rube Burrow didn’t originally come to Texas to be an train robber.
But by the time he was forcibly retired by a bullet, he had made a name for himself as a thieving outlaw.
The 18-year-old Alabama lad learned cowboying from his uncle in Stephenville. He settled on his own ranch, but the death of his wife started a life of crime. Left with two small children and a ruined crop, he decided to make a living from robbing trains.
Burrow and his brother, Jim, and four other outlaws held up the Denver & Fort Worth Express in Clay County in 1886. The train depot in Bellevue, a town 30 miles southeast of Wichita Falls, was a good place for amateurs to start. The robbers drew their guns on the railroad crew in broad daylight and ran off with $300. (Read the rest of story in North Texas Tales column, Aug. 29 edition of The Graham Leader.)