CABINET CARD OF TRAIN ROBBER RUBEN HOUSTON "RUBE" BURROW IN COFFIN. His career as a robber began in the mid 1880s when he held up a Fort Worth and Denver train, securing $200 from passengers. Over the course of the next five or six years, Burrow and his partners would hold up nine more trains and kill several people in the process. Burrow was arrested and escaped twice, but was killed in the streets of Myrtlewood, Alabama shortly after his second escape. Burrow's body was later placed on a train to be returned to his home in Vernon, Alabama, the train stopping at many points along the way so the curious could view the body of the notorious outlaw. This image was most likely taken somewhere along that route, and reveals Burrow in his coffin, hat on his chest, holstered guns in hand, with his rifle at his feet. A terrific image, despite moderate foxing and two amateurish repairs to upper right and lower left corners of photo/mount. Photographed by Horgan of Birmingham. On verso of cabinet card, a detailed history of Burrow's life of crime.

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