Billy Miner Train Robbery Mural
The “Billy Miner Train Robbery Mural” painted by Alexx Moir-Porteous in 2010 features a scene from an infamous train robbery. Located behind Cactus Jacks, this mural features a scene from one of the robberies in which Billy Miner partook. The scene depicts a train at night time. On the train, a family is getting held-up at gunpoint by Billy Miner.
This infamous train robbery coordinated by Miner is widely known as the first train robbery to occur in British Columbia. Fredrik Fulton, a local community leader, prosecuted Miner in Kamloops in 1905. Allegedly, Miner coined the phrase “hands up!”. As the story goes, after his initial success Miner attempted another robbery in Kamloops. Unfortunately, this attempted robbery proved unsuccessful and led to Miner’s incarceration. Sentenced to twenty-five years in prison, Miner escaped soon afterward without getting re-captured.
Additionally, Alexx Moir-Porteous contributed to many of the murals in downtown Kamloops. If you’re interested in his work, you can find more on our website where we host a gallery of all the murals completed. Follow this link to take a look at the murals from the comfort of your own home.
Furthermore, the CAP team offers free tours of the murals in downtown Kamloops if you’re interested. Contact the CAP team today to book a mural tour on our booking calendar here.