Friday, November 30, 2007

Cole Younger

Today we feature a portrait of the Civil War Raider, and Old West outlaw Cole Younger. He rode with Jesse James, and was a raider in the Civil War. Younger joined the notorious guerrilla fighter William Clarke Quantrill in the Civil War. After the war, he joined up with Frank and Jesse James, and formed the infamous James-Younger gang. On September 7, 1876, the gang attempted to rob a bank in Northfield, Minnesota. Cole Younger and his brother Bob would both later say that they selected the bank because of its connection to two former Union generals Benjamin Butler and Adelbert Ames. Cole was captured and pleaded guilty to avoid hanging. After he was released from prison, Cole became a popular speaker across the country. Cole Younger died March 21, 1916.


  1. Hello,

    I am delighted to have stumbled across your blog.

    I am just getting into photography and I shall enjoy the daily historical pictures. Thank you.

  2. Thanks for the emcouraging words, and hope you enjoy the blog.

  3. Here in Missouri, specifically Lee's Summit, we celebrate Cole Younger Days with a carnival and crafts fair. Learning of his history has always made me wonder why the town fathers picked some one who was more villain than hero to honor in this way.
    This is my new all time favorite blog. Thank you so much for going to the immense trouble this must be. I can't wait to share it with my kids.
    Alannah Fletcher

  4. They chose Cole Younger Days because he was a well known phalantropist and mentor for troubled youth after his release from jail He worked tirelessly to steer troubled kids from a path of crime. He became much loved and was known as "Uncle Cole." He is remembered not for his Outlaw ways but the good he did for our town after his release.He traveled the world, was openly repentant of his crimes and a founding father of Disciples for Christ. Too bad some less than informed idiots got their way and it is now called "Old Time Days.' Stupid. When they had a real hero and model citizen to celebrate and give hope to troubled youth unlike the skunk Jessie James who is still celebrated as a hero whch he was not. How stupid is that?