Re-enactors portraying the James-Younger Gang make their getaway after robbing Hughes and Wasson Bank of $3,500 and killing three people. Two re-enactments of the 1867 robbery were highlights of the inaugural Richmond Outlaw Days Saturday on Richmond Square. (Photos by JoEllen Black/Richmond News)

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.


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