Bet you never thought Jesse James would have a connection to the Pacific Northwest. But Chron.com reports that Sandra Mills, who lives north of Spokane, Wash., has an original tintype of the famous outlaw, posing with Robert Ford, the man who later killed him in 1882 (http://tinyurl.com/jessejpic). The photo is pictured; James is on the right.
Apparently Mills’ family used to take James and his gang in on their Missouri farm on occasion, which is how her grandmother got the photo. When the tintype was handed down to Mills, her grandmother wanted her to sell it and buy some land.
But no one would believe Mills that it was the real deal — until the photo was scanned and examined by Lois Gibson, a well-known forensic artist in Houston, who is positive it’s Jesse James.
Bobby Livingston, executive vice president of RR Auction in Boston, says if the photo can be authenticated, it could be worth around $2 million. Yikes!
— Elleda Wilson