Hiking Big Springs and the Union Pacific Train Robbery
Heading west from Ogallala on I-80, you’ll come to Big Springs. The first and largest robbery of a Union Pacific train happened here in 1877. Texas outlaw Sam Bass and five companions made off with $60,000 in gold and currency. Some say that part of the loot is still buried nearby. A historical marker at Eiker Park, on the west side of town, tells the story of the famous robbery.
The town is named for a natural spring. From the town’s founding through 1950, the spring supplied water for Union Pacific steam locomotives. Today, walking trails at Eiker Park lead to the spring.
For more information, contact the Big Springs Chamber of Commerce at (308) 889-3212 or visit www.ci.big-springs.ne.us.