Old West Agent Badges

Pinkerton Detective Agency Badge

Pinkerton Detective Agency Badge

 

Old West Agent Badges – Alan Pinkerton established his private detective agency in 1850. The company logo was an open eye and the motto. “We Never Sleep”. These agents tracked outlaws all over the country from Jesse James to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. ( the wild bunch).

 

 

 

Railroad police officers serving in the Eastern corridor were commonly called “detectives.” In the west, they earned the name “Special Agents” due to their mission to protect the company as well as its agents along the railway miles. This title persevered throughout the years, and has been adopted by most federal agencies today.

Two of the most famous Special Agents hired to Bat Masterson protect the railroads were Bat Masterson and Allen Pinkerton. The Pinkerton’s employed experienced professional policemen and
investigators to combat crime along the railways. In these pioneer days, they sought to distinguish themselves from the confusion and distrust created by the unprepared railway police officers. However, in the eyes of the railroad employees, these men were “outsiders,” a situation that led to poor cooperation and an atmosphere of skepticism and suspicion.