Skip to content

Today's Hours: Sun: 12 – 5 pm

View Hours

Mon – Thu: 9 am – 9 pm
Fri: 9 am – 6 pm
Sat: 9 am – 5 pm
Sun: 12 – 5 pm

View Closures

This Day in Libertyville History: The Rondout Train Robbery

On June 12, 1924, one hundred years ago today, the largest train robbery in U.S. history happened just a few miles east of Libertyville.

The Newton brothers and associates stole more than two million dollars in securities and cash. The plan seemed flawless. But all the culprits were captured, tried, and sentenced in just under six months.


Learn more:

  • Get the highlights from our blog post
  • Watch a recent presentation from the Libertyville Historical Society for more details
  • Check out The Great Rondout Train Robbery by Donald Clarahan, the grandson of one of the investigators
  • Read through the contents of the Rondout Robbery folder in our Local History File (available by request at the Cook Park Lower-Level Information Services desk)
  • Browse or search for contemporary newspapers articles through our digitized newspapers or (requires a CMPLD card for access outside the library)
  • Enjoy a fictionalized account of the bandits’ careers with the 1998 movie The Newton Boys starring Matthew McConaughey

Categories: Local History

Tags: Local History

Cook Memorial Public Library District

Install Cook Memorial Public Library District

Install this application on your home screen for quick and easy access when you’re on the go.

Just tap then “Add to Home Screen”