There’s a ruined old three room house on Old Smokey Rd in ZigZag that dates back to about 1920, with a buckled roof and the one drunken wall held up by a river rock chimney. That place was the hideout and last stand of three bank robbers who on one afternoon in 1936 robbed the Gresham Farmer’s Trust, Sandy Savings and Loan, and the Zigzag Mountain Store, leaving three dead (including one child opening his first savings account in Sandy–my great Aunt’s younger brother Douglas Price). The FBI riddled the house with bullets, collapsing supporting structures and reportedly killing all three criminals (although only two bodies were recovered, neither the alleged ringleader). I have the news clipping in a trunk of my grandfather’s things.

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