The Great Train Robbery, an early Western film

This 1903 film was based on Butch Cassidy’s holdup of the Union Pacific Railroad train in 1900 near Table Rock, Wyoming. The robbers were able to make the conductor separate the cars and escaped with $5,000 in cash from a mail car safe.  The almost 10 minute film was revolutionary at the time, incorporating several techniques that became an important part of later film making. It is broken down into 3 parts below.

Although we have not included this video in any of our PowerPoints, it could be included in any discussion of the “Old West”. If you are looking for a presentation on the first half of the 19th century check out our Westward Movement; the last half of the 19th century is in our West: Miners, Ranchers, Farmers, and Native Americans presentation.

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