Jesse James, Frank James, Cole Younger, and four other
men made up the Gang known as the James Gang. They robbed banks and trains
throughout Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, and probably more.
On March 20, 1868, The James Gang held up a bank in
Russellville, Kentucky. The entire amount they got away with was $17,000 with
$5,000 of the loot being bank notes and the rest in gold coins. The banker,
Nimrod Long was beaten and shot; however, he did not let the James Gang get
ahead too quickly before he sounded the alarm.
Shortly after the James Gang rode out of town, a
50-man posse was on their tail. The tracked the gang to Allen county where the
James Gang had gone in different directions to aid in their escape. Since the
posse was hot on their trail, they did not have a chance to divide the stolen
The posse noted that some of the tracks led toward
Red River County; however, the tracks vanished before the posse could catch up
with the bandits. Unbeknown to the posse at the time, those tracks belonged to
Frank and Jesse James that were making their way back to Adairville only 15
miles from where they had robbed the Russellville Bank.
George T. Hite, the James brother’s cousin, had a
house in Adairville. George was a grocer and a close friend and confident to
Jesse. George would often allow the James Gang to hide away in his home in order
to escape the law. Many believe somewhere on the Hite property is much of the
loot stolen by the James Gang as this was the only hideout in all of Kentucky
for these outlaws.