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Historical Note

Scope and Contents

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Index Terms

Administrative Information

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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Rankin First State Bank Robbery Collection, 1928



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Rankin First State Bank
Title: Rankin First State Bank Robbery Collection
Dates: 1928
Abstract: This collection consists of five photographs taken in 1928 at the time of the Rankin First State Bank attempted robbery in Rankin, Texas. Four of them portray the bank's jimmied door, the bandits' car and one of the dead bandits. The fifth, of a cart pulled by mules, appears unrelated.
Accession No.: 2003-037
Extent: 5 photographs
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

In the early morning hours of January 11, 1928, two men were interrupted while allegedly trying to rob the Rankin First State Bank in Rankin, Texas. Both men were shot and killed by the sheriff and his deputies and left where they fell until daylight. The two men's identities were never known, according to a Rankin resident, and they were buried in a pauper’s grave. Frank Hamer, the legendary Texas Ranger, cast doubt on whether the killings were legitimate or a set up perpetuated to claim the $10,000 reward offered by the Texas Bankers Association for dead bank robbers. The recipients of the reward were indicted but never charged.

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of five photographs. One shows damage to the bank’s door, one is of the car used by the alleged bandits, two are of one of the dead bandits and one appears to be unrelated (a wagon with mules pulling it).

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

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Index Terms

Subjects
Bank robberies--Texas
Places
Rankin (Tex.)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Rankin First State Bank Robbery Collection, 1928, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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3S199d Photographs

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