In 1898, in Pueblitos, New Mexico, just south of Belen, Bronco Bill and Kid Johnson robbed a train of approximately $25,000.00. The story goes...(cited from El Rio Abajo, author's Gilberto Espinosa and Tibo J. Chavez) that they tied up their horses on the property of Felipe Castillo, and walked to the Belen train station where they boarded the train in order to rob it. They then held up the engineer, blew up the Wells Fargo safe with dynamite, threw a bag of coins to the engineer, and walked back to their horses. After they packed their saddle bags, they proceeded towards the Ladrones or Thieves Mountains.
I am unable to find (online at least), any original news article that exists from this train robbery. Paul Harden dicusses the robbery (found on internet) but doesn't mention that the horses were hidden on the property of Felipe Castillo. His article begins...
"On the evening of May 22, 1898, two cowboys rode into Los Pueblitos, south of Belen. Whether by arrangement or not, they tied their horses in the rear of an adobe house and quickly disappeared into the darkness of the night. Walking north along the railroad tracks for two hours, they arrived at the Belen train station. It was obvious they wished to remain unnoticed....."
I'm currently doing research for a screen play and am trying to locate information on the possibility of Felipe Castillo being approached by the robbers. Any family stories about this Castillo family would be appreciated.