History — Infamous holdup over the Siskiyou Pass in 1923 the subject of Dundee Woman's Club event

The Dundee Woman’s Club will host a program this week detailing one of the most infamous train holdups in Oregon history.

“The Last Great Train Robbery,” an OPB Oregon Experience program, focuses on an attempted robbery of a Southern Pacific train on Oct. 11, 1923. The train was on its way over the Siskiyou Summit in southern Oregon and was rumored to be carrying a great deal of cash onboard.

But when the DeAutre­mont brothers decided to rob the train, everything went wrong. The events that turned an everyday robbery into what would go down in history as a legendary failure, will be examined in detail during the program in Dundee.

The OPB program was produced by Kami Horton, who will be at the Dundee event to present the episode. She has worked on Oregon Experience since it began 10 years ago, and before that worked on other OPB programs such as the News Hour with Jim Lehrer and on projects including the 2006 concert, Pink Martini: Discover the World.

The program will begin at 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Historical Dundee Community Center Building at the corner of Highway 99W and 10th Street. The club will serve a light dinner at 6 p.m., an hour before the program begins.

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