Get the Scoop on the Biggest Train Robbery in the U.S.!

  • Lynne Grenier for the Lake Bluff History Museum

    Lynne Grenier for the Lake Bluff History Museum

Adrienne Fawcett
Updated 5/24/2019 10:35 AM

Lake Bluff, IL -- You've driven by the historical marker on Route 176 near Rondout a thousand times. Have you wondered what it is all about? It marks the site of the largest train robbery in U.S. history, one that happened just down the road from Lake Bluff!

Join us to get the scoop on the train robbery and the characters involved in the heist when the Lake Bluff History Museum hosts The Great Rondout Train Robbery at North Shore Distillery. The presentation, on Tuesday, June 4 at 7 pm, is the first event in the Museum's new Distilling History Series. The museum board is thrilled to offer this, and future events in the series, in partnership with North Shore Distillery.


The presentation will lay out the Rondout train robbery story, which made national headlines, and it will also share the tale of the notorious Newton brothers from Texas who committed the heist of some $3 million. What were these Texas hoodlums doing in Illinois? How were they caught, what happened to the loot, and what happened to the robbers? In their later years, the brothers were the subject of social history research on crime in the early part of the 20th century. This research resulted in a number of articles and books, as well as a 1998 movie, The Newton Boys starring Matthew McConaughey, and TV appearances.

Tickets are $25 and include a cocktail, light snacks and this entertaining program.

The Museum will sponsor events at North Shore Distillery periodically in the coming months to share local lore and history.

What: Distilling History Series sponsored by Lake Bluff History Museum

When: Tuesday June 4, 2019 -- 7 pm

Where: North Shore Distillery, 13990 Rockland Road, Libertyville, IL 60048

Cost: $25

Reservations: Purchase tickets online at Tickets will be sold at the door on a space-available basis.

Lake Bluff History Museum is more than a museum! The organization researches, preserves and shares area history through a variety of activities and events, including programs like these tours. Museum displays tell stories of Lake Bluff's past and its archives provide individuals with access to documents, records, photographs and other materials preserved in the museum archives. For additional information visit or call 847 482-1571.

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