San Antonio Zoo Celebrates “The Great (Little) Train Robbery” 50th Anniversary with a Fundraiser


San Antonio Zoo will celebrate the 50th anniversary of “The Great (Little) Train Robbery” on Saturday, July 18th, 2020, exactly 50 years to the day. Each Zoo Eagle Train ride that Saturday will host a re-enactment of the event that took place 50 years ago on July 18th, 1970, when passengers aboard the Brackenridge Eagle winded through the park and into history when the miniature train was looted at gunpoint by two masked robbers. what happened that Saturday in July became known as “the Great (Little) Train Robbery.” The crime marked itself in regional and state history as the first time in 47 years that a train had been robbed in the Wild West and the last known train robbery in the state. 

The train “robbery” re-enactments will act as a fundraiser for the Zoo Eagle Train. 

“Everyone that lived in San Antonio in 1970 remembers the Eagle Train robbery,” said Tim Morrow, President & CEO San Antonio Zoo. “We are excited to have some fun with the history, this unique one of a kind fundraiser is an opportunity to raise funds for much needed new miniature trains.” 

Each trip around the park will showcase zoo actor educators in full costume, holding up the Zoo Eagle Train passengers with bubble guns asking passengers for their donations. Audio playing overhead on the train will tell the story of what happened 50 years ago.

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About San Antonio Zoological Society San Antonio Zoological Society was established in 1929 and is a non-profit organization committed to securing a future for wildlife. The society operates San Antonio Zoo, Will Smith Zoo School, Edutainment, Center for Conservation and Research at San Antonio Zoo, and Kiddie Park. 


About San Antonio Zoo San Antonio Zoo®, operated by San Antonio Zoological Society is a non-profit organization committed to securing a future for wildlife. Through its passion and expertise in animal care, conservation, and education, the zoo’s mission is to inspire its community to love, engage with, act for and protect animals and the places they live. The zoo welcomes more than a million visitors each year and is open year-round. San Antonio Zoo operates the largest nature based preschool in the country, Will Smith Zoo School, the Center for Conservation and Research, and Kiddie Park. San Antonio Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Zoological Association of America, and Humane Certified by American Humane.