Old Orchard, MO

Discussion in 'Depots G-P' started by don, Jun 1, 2003.

  1. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    From Richard Crabtree on the Frisco Rails Across Missouri Facebook group:
    He we are at the Frisco Depot at Old Orchard just up from the Frisco Depot in Webster Groves, Missouri.
    Photo 1) Frisco Depot at Old Orchard around 1900
    Photo 2) Frisco Depot at Old Orchard Blueprint ~ MSU Digital collection
    Photo 3) Sanborn Map for the Frisco Dept at Old Orchard ~ MU Digital Collection
    Old Orchard Depot ca ~1900.jpg Old Orchard Depot blueprint.jpg Old Orchard Sanborn Map.jpg
  2. beachhead2

    beachhead2 Member

    I have a strange question: does anyone know if there was ever a robbery and murders at the Old Orchard depot? I recently talked to a guy who managed a business next door. He was sort of a superstitious old timer who was going on about how his business was haunted by three people murdered at the Frisco Depot. I wondered if the supposed robbery/murders ever happened.
  3. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Frisco.org Supporter

    During the evening of Nov 30, 1891, six men boarded a Frisco train at Old Orchard, and after the train departed, they climbed over the tender and into the locomotive cab, where they ordered the crew to stop the train. The bandits used explosives gain entry to the Adams Express car. The express messenger was injured during the explosion. The robbers took $20,000-$75,000.
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  4. beachhead2

    beachhead2 Member

    That's a pretty good haul for 1891. No murders though so my acquaintance's ghosts must have originated elsewhere. When he mentioned it, I'm sure I was smirking because he had to stop and tell me that he was dead serious. o_O Thanks for the info. Is that a story you happened to know or is there a history book covering Frisco crimes?
  5. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Frisco.org Supporter

    Newspaper article(s) provided the info. It’s really surprising the number of train and especially depot robberies that occurred even into the twenties and thirties. Robbing a depot was easier than robbing a bank... little or no security, always cash on hand.
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