Weekly Photo Challenge: Jesse James Through the Looking Glass   27 comments

©2012 Cris Coleman

While this is technically not a “looking glass”, we are “looking” through a “glass” window at a photo of Jesse James. Why Jesse James?

Jesse, the famous outlaw who, with his brother, Frank, and gang, robbed a Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad train shortly after it departed from the small town of Winston, Missouri on July 15, 1881.

Jesse shot and killed someone he thought was in charge of a train that brought some Pinkerton agents to his mother’s house in 1875 the night that his little brother was killed. Jesse shot him in the back.

Frank, not to be outdone, shot and killed another man who apparently was attempting to stop Jesse from shooting his man. The mystery is why no one was ever found guilty of the killings.

The above photo of Jesse James is located in the railroad station in Winston. The station is now a museum. Although I’ve never seen anyone there, it does have railroad memorabilia inside.

27 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Jesse James Through the Looking Glass

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  1. that is SPECTACULAR!!! it’s almost as if the stars aligned for that shot!! I love looking at these photo challenges, but especially like the ones that have little background stories with them, and yours is overall great!

    • Well, thank you for the nice comments. I’m working on an expanded version of the photos I took around Winston, where this Jesse James photo was taken. Before I post it, however, I’ll have to put on my reporter’s hat and go interview some people about the old buildings I took photos of that either look old or are crumbling. I like to take photos of old crumbling buildings. Type casting, I suppose. 🙂

  2. Great pic with an interesting story behind it. Perfect entry for this week!

  3. Interesting history behind your photo 🙂

    • Yes, and there’s more to it than that. Only Frank James was tried for murder that I’m aware of and he was acquitted in Gallatin, MO. You have to wonder.

  4. Not to stop back and stalk or anything, but I like them both. The close up and the siding. I like the little striped effect that the siding on the left gives, and I like seeing Jesse close up. Ok. I’m annoying. Just sayin’. Great either way, Chris.

  5. Nice entry for this week’s photo challenge. I’d love to see more of a close-up that would frame the window with the peeling paint and leaving out the siding.

  6. Not only is this a really nice interpretation of the challenge – it’s a unique entry with the inclusion of the story behind your subject! Thanks for stopping by my blog and for sharing a link back to yours. 🙂

  7. As soon as I heard the word ‘through’ I thought of looking glass. Well I’m glad that’s over with!! Now I don’t have to track that idea down. And I can stop thinking about it and search elsewhere 🙂 Great shot, Chris.

  8. Very interesting.

  9. Stunning entry Cris! 🙂

  10. i like the details of the worn window frame. thank you also for the story behind, or rather through, the window. 🙂
    thanks for sharing.
    and of course – thank you also for your visit to my ‘through’. much appreciated!

  11. As though the capture of the weekly photo topic, and the wonderful photograph, itself, were not enough, you managed to really earn a gold star on this one, by adding the story behind the photo of Jessie James. Great job! I really enjoyed refreshing my memory on the James brothers. He’d have no doubt had a ball robbing the Federal Reserve … I wish … it would serve them right, had they been in business at the time.

    • Thanks for your nice words.

      Jesse was no robin hood, just a robbing hood.

      I don’t wish harm on anyone nor criminal action against anyone. Yet, I perfectly understand what you are saying.

      As it stands, it wouldn’t do any good for Jesse to rob the federal reserve because it don’t actually store any money, from what I understand. They don’t even deal in real money. They just make up money out of thin air with nothing backing it. In short, they are legal counterfeiters.

      However, we are supposed to pay them back in real money, earned by the sweat of our brows.

      There, you’ve gotten another lesson. Hee. Hee.

      • You’re not telling me anything I don’t already know. When I think of thieves, the first thing that comes to my mind is the Federal Reserve … I was just injecting a bit of sarcasm. The more people become aware of the Fed’s antics, the sooner they are likely to be exposed, and hopefully one day abolished. I’m not holding my breath. The first ever (which should have been front page news) hearings (held Oct. 4, 2011) over the results of the first ever partial audit of the Federal Reserve was not even acknowledged by major media. Somebody has to bring them up. Jessie James looks like little Miss Muffet in comparison to the Federal reserve, in regards to what he stole during his reign of robbing the railroads. I honestly didn’t mean to take the conversation so off track. Sorry about that.

        • No need to apologize. I am quite in agreement with everything you have said about the federal reserve, which is neither federal nor a reserve of anything except fiat (fake) money.

          I have no problem going “off track.” I will yak about most anything. That’s what blogs are for, in my opinion—yakking! 🙂

  12. Nice shot, Cris…I like the way the sun is shining on the photo inside, but I also like the peeling paint and wet windowsill.

    Thanks for coming to look at my photos.


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