Remembering The Loomis Gang:
when, where, and how
“There’s other men that can’t do that sort of thing, and it’s no use talking. They must have life and liberty and a free range. There’s some birds, and animals too, that either pine in a cage or kill themselves, and I suppose it’s the same way with some men. They can’t stand the cage of what’s called honest labour, which means working for someone else for twenty or thirty years, never having a day to yourself, or doing anything you like, and saving up a trifle for your old age when you can’t enjoy it.” – Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood
The Wash Loomis story:
Wash Loomis was a man of incredible promise, and “those who liked him called him affable, generous, a good story-teller, a man of his word; in short he was the Robin Hood” (Thompson 81). A detective, Officer Wilkins, is quoted as saying “that in ten minutes of conversation, he could turn an enemy into a friend” (Cummings 3). Another described Wash as the:
brightest of the Loomis boys, and, according to an old schoolmaster, was an apt scholar. He had keen perceptive faculties and was a good judge of men… he was a general favorite, generous to a fault, told a good story, and always kept his word. He was a born diplomat and never resorted to physical force unless absolutely necessary. He had dark blue eyes, black curly hair, regular features, full black beard and moustache… in ten minutes he could turn an enemy into a friend. (Dapson 271)
His brothers and sisters looked up to him, and for many years under his leadership, the Loomis Gang had little opposition. Continue Reading
The Loomis Gang: A Spatial Narrative
The aim of this website is to construct a spatial narrative that invites the viewer to experience where, when, and how the Loomis Gang lived through pictures, maps, biography, and literature.
“Many stories have been written and told – some facts, some fiction – about what the Indians called the Great Swamp, now called the Nine Mile Swamp.” –History of the Nine Mile Swamp (1947), compiled by Norman Cowen
A list of useful books, articles, and newspaper clippings to assist individuals that are studying the history of the Loomis Gang.