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Depot train robbery is popular event

Thursday, June 2, 2011

One of the more popular events during the Rodeo weekend is the Saturday train robbery enactment by the Western Iowa Border Agents, dressed in appropriate 19th Century attire.

The group, which draws participants from a wide area of Western Iowa, was originally formed as a shooting club and continues in this capacity.

Those not in the club are most likely familiar with the organization through the enactments, which combine the drama of an old West shootout with some humor thrown in.

The train robbery will be staged at the caboose at the Cherokee Depot with bleachers set up for seating. The time of the robbery will be about 15 minutes after noon on Saturday, June 4.

Rudy Daniels, a professor of history and an expert on 19th century railroading, will be in character as a train conductor as he introduces the enactment.

The train robbery is held in conjunction with a barbecue at the depot with depot volunteers fixing up the meal. The western cookout will be served between 11 a.m. and about 2 p.m. A meal includes the person's choice of a beef burger or two hot dogs, along with baked beans, chips, a bar and choice of lemonade, coffee or pop.

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