July 19, 2011

U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for July 20

WASHINGTON, July 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110428/DC91889LOGO)


Profile America -- Wednesday, July 20th. The first of what would be a spate of train robberies in the U.S. occurred this week in 1873, pulled off by a gang headed by Jesse James and his brother Frank. Their target was a train of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad as it passed a spot near Adair, Iowa. The gang found only $2,000 in the express car's safe, so they methodically robbed the frightened passengers of another $100. After a number of train and bank robberies, Jesse James was killed in 1882 and the last train robbery in the nation occurred around 1900. Today, only the venue has changed. There are still some 360,000 robberies in the U.S., the largest number occur on the nation's streets or highways. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.

Sources: 440 International Calendar of Events
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2011, t. 317

Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).

CONTACT: Rick Reed of the U.S. Census Bureau, +1-301-763-2812, fax: +1-301-763-3762, rreed-at-census.gov

SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau