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The Loomis Gang

The Loomis Gang
1:20:16 | 2006

Categories: Documentary, Thrillers

THE LOOMIS GANG is a feature length documentary film based upon the tales of a legendary 19th Century crime family that operated in New York State. In the years surrounding The Civil War, The Loomis Gang was arguably the largest family crime syndicate in America. Today, however, few outside of central New York State have ever heard of these horse-thieving rogues from the small village of Waterville. No "professional" historians have laid claim to the Loomis legend. No action figures. No comic books. In fact, the only thing standing between the Loomis family and utter obscurity is a collection of local folks who are fighting to keep the legend alive in a village that largely ignores it. This struggle typifies a battle being waged in towns across the country, and history may be losing.


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Patricia Rider Bermon
May 8, 2014
While it may have been a touch slow at times, I thoroughly enjoyed the film nonetheless, although I admit to being partial to the story, having lived on Putnam Street as a young child, and enjoyed the company of my dear old neighbor Miss Terry, who was fond of Plumb on account of his having kindly given her a ride home in his wagon one day. Most of my Loomis Gang history was based on the novel Nine Mile Swamp, so it was good to learn more about the real history. Not that I remember much of a difference, other than the book's portraying Plumb as a more sympathetic character. Guess it's time to dust of my old copy and give it another read. It's still a great story; thanks for telling it!
Charles Johnson
April 14, 2014
Frederica Banning
January 11, 2014
The film uses wooden figures to demonstrate the Loomis persons, which is unique. There are some spots where the film is too slow paced.
William Wicknick
January 11, 2014
December 24, 2013
debra sparks
November 27, 2013
Mike Downs
October 31, 2013
August 13, 2013
Caedy Shultz-Loomis
November 22, 2012
Could there be any relation to the Loomis family in Bennington, Vermont? George Washington Loomis came from Vermont (or was actually driven out of for stealing horses) before he settled in New York.
Dave Petteys
October 15, 2012
It's a great documentary film. Unfortunately it's very difficult to watch because it breaks up and stops and starts so often. In the 50's when I was a kid growing up in Utica, NY my dad used to tell stories about the loomis gang and their exploits of thievery. It's really surprising that the gang hasn't become the basis of movie or docudrama.
Tanya Mayer Beavers
August 21, 2012
Its nice to finally see what my family was all about. I have known for several years that my ancestors were part of a gang. In fact I have been to the swamps where they lived. In fact most of my family still live around the area.
Rob Buckman
February 19, 2012
My Loomis line originates from before thie time period (with Joseph of Hartford, CT), but for some reason I have other lines that have resided all up and down NY Route 12 for generations.
Erica Barrett
February 14, 2012
My husband is related to the Loomis 's and they all live upstate New York if any one has anymore info on this family can you please get with me I went back all the way to them so this is really interesting thank you.
Cheralyn Fedinatz
February 2, 2012
Grew up in Frankfort, NY and my Dad told me about the Loomis gang when I was about ten. I'm now 65 and for some reason, recently, I asked a cousin if my Dad had ever told him about the gang. This got me to investigating this subject on the web. Your film breaks up, what a pity, would love to watch it through!
Angela Loomis
December 22, 2011
I happen to be a decedent of this gang, and I had no idea until this past summer...and it is exciting for me to know that there is a rich past in my bloodline. The real crazy part was that my two brothers and other family members used to live in Watertown NY and worked there...they knew there were Loomis' in the area, but still had no idea about the rich past that was just over 2 hours away. I wish I would have known about the Loomis Gang back when I was traveling to NY to visit family...I so want to go to Waterville and walk around where my family used to live.
Bill Karn
November 30, 2011
Great Job! My Uncle lived right near the nine mile swamp.
Mishell Forward Magnusson
November 30, 2011
I sure would enjoy viewing the entire documentary yet am unable to on the web as it only goes so far. I have sent anemail to Waterville School and hear nothing back. Are there any suggestions as to how to get this? Thank you!
Eric House
November 11, 2011
My mothers maiden name is Pearl E. Loomis.... we are from upstate New York in the Fulton area "Oswego County" many of the ALoomis relatives live in that area. The memory of the Loomis outlaw Gang is still quite a talk at family reunions.
Kim Neider
October 31, 2011
My Grandmother, told me long ago that she had a cousin that use to ride with them, but was embarrassed to talk about it, being they were horse thieves,,,
Joyce Grubbs
October 29, 2011
Great piece and I am sending it to my "Loomis family".
Laurie Sprague
October 1, 2011
Film about the Loomis Gang--from around our area.