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September Announcement for the Utah Westerners


It’s the most famous bungled bank job of all time. As the notorious James-Younger gang fled Northfield, Minnesota, on the afternoon of September 7, 1876, their loot from the First National Bank totaled $26.60 in coin and scrip. They left behind $15,000 in cash in the bank’s unlocked safe and two dead comrades in the street, shot down in a firefight with the town’s plucky citizens. In two weeks, another gang member would be dead and the three Younger brothers captured. Only Frank and Jesse James would elude their pursuers and make it back to Missouri.
Historian and author Mark Lee Gardner will highlight some of the new findings in his latest book: Shot All To Hell: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the Wild West’s Greatest Escape (William Morrow). Publishers Weekly calls the book “an elegant narrative that’s as entertaining as it is historically accurate . . . a must-read.” He will discuss why the James-Younger gang traveled to Minnesota and the identity of the bandit who murdered bank employee Joseph Lee Heywood, long a source of debate. Gardner has uncovered never-before-seen evidence that adds substantially to what is known about this legendary bank heist and the robber pursuit that followed, the largest manhunt in U. S. history up to that time.

A native of Missouri’s Jesse James country, Mark Lee Gardner has made Colorado his home for the last 28 years, where he lives with his wife Katie, and where their two children, Christiana and Vance, were born. Shot All to Hell won the 2014 Spur Award from the Western Writers of America for Best Western Nonfiction Historical Book and the 2014 Best Book Award from the Wild West History Association. True West magazine named Gardner “Best Author” in its annual Best of the West issue for 2014. He is also the author of the critically lauded To Hell on a Fast Horse: The Untold Story of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett. An authority on the American West, Gardner has appeared on PBS’s American Experience and ABC’s World News, as well as on the History Channel, the Encore Westerns Channel, NPR, and BBC Radio. He has written for the Los Angeles Times, American Heritage, Wild West, American Cowboy, and New Mexico Magazine. Gardner is also an authority on the popular music of the American West and will perform two or three historic outlaw ballads at the end of his presentation.


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