By David Knopf/Richmond News
An estimated 400 to 500 people watched Jesse James and the gang rob the Hughes and Wasson bank Saturday morning, make off with $3,500 and leave three people dead in their wake.
But unlike in 1867, when the actual robbery took place, the James boys returned in the afternoon – with even more people on hand to watch.
When the reenactments were over, Robbie Maupin and his period-attired riders and townspeople stuck around to give a personal touch to the proceedings. The cast visited with members of the crowd, shook hands, took photos with residents and – maybe most popular – let everyone, kids of all ages, get close to their well-trained horses.
Live music preceded both reenactments, then followed on the grandstand stage. Afternoon acts including the Ray County Rhythm Riders and Country Shindig drew crowds of several hundred people.