The west’s first train robbery occurred near this site on the night of November 4, 1870.  Five men, led by a stage robber-Sunday school superintendent, John Chapman, boarded the Central Pacific Overland Express at Verdi, Nevada.  Two took over the engine, one the express car, and two the rear platform.  One half mile east, the engine and express car were halted and cut free, then proceeded about five miles where they were stopped by a barricade.  Here the robbers forced the messenger to open up, seizing $41,600 in gold coin, they road off.  The unoccupied cars coasted down grade and met the engine.  The train proceeded to Reno.  After a two state chase all were caught, tried and convicted. About ninety percent of the gold was recovered.