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By Loren Avey
For The Sun-Telegraph 

135th ANNIVERSARY OF SIDNEY ROBBERY: In 1880, 480 pounds of gold was stolen in Sidney – and the case remains unsolved


For The Sun-Telegraph

A horse-drawn freight wagon travels down Front Street in Sidney on the day of the gold robbery – 135 years ago today.

In February 1880, a jackscrew was stolen from the roundhouse of the Union Pacific Railroad Company in Sidney.

On March 10, 1880, the freight clerk's office was entered by nonconventional means, and gold – 480 pounds of it – was removed. No one was ever apprehended.

The arrival of gold into Sidney was nothing new or uncommon. The discovery of gold from the Black Hills of the Dakota Territory was in full swing by 1876.

Sidney and Cheyenne County had elected a new sheriff in 1875. "Con" McCarty took office in 1876. The terms were for two years at that time. The two years of "Con" were argu...

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