May 03, 2016 - 8:00 PM
BILLY MINER LOOK-A-LIKE CONTEST TO HIGHLIGHT ANNIVERSARY EVENT
KAMLOOPS - The anniversary of a train robbery local legends are centred around is being commemorated by a Kamloops-area ranch and winery this week.
Monte Creek Ranch Winery is holding a Billy Bash this weekend, May 7, in honour of the 110th anniversary of the well-known American train robber Billy Miner, spokesperson Ashley Demedeiros says.
“It’s the anniversary of the Billy Miner train robbery that happened on our property,” she says. “He’s most well known for coining the phrase ‘Hands up!’”
The robbery happened May 8, 1906, according to a Kamloops Museum and Archives document. A trio of robbers, including Miner, held up the train and stole cash and mail, according to the document. They were captured shortly afterwards and tried in Kamloops.
“They hopped on the train in front of the tasting room,” Demedeiros says. “They hopped off down by the gateway gas station not far.”
She says the winery and ranch worked with the museum to make sure they got the facts of the story right.
“We like to honour and embrace the history of this area and have fun with it,” Demedeiros says.
The ranch and winery will be holding a day of events to celebrate the anniversary, including a Billy Miner look-a-like contest, and a live performance by the Kamloops Heritage Railway. The event is free and family-friendly, with room for people to bring their own picnics, she says.
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