The Outlaw Trail: A History of Butch Cassidy and His Wild Bunch

Overview

The Wild Bunch, the confederation of western outlaws headed by Butch Cassidy, found sanctuary on the rugged Outlaw Trail. Stretching across Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico, this trail offered desert and mountain hideouts to bandits and cowboys. The almost inaccessible Hole-in-the-Wall in Wyoming was a station on the Outlaw Trail well known to Butch Cassidy. To the south, in Utah, was the inhospitable Robbers? Roost, where Butch and his ...

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Overview

The Wild Bunch, the confederation of western outlaws headed by Butch Cassidy, found sanctuary on the rugged Outlaw Trail. Stretching across Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico, this trail offered desert and mountain hideouts to bandits and cowboys. The almost inaccessible Hole-in-the-Wall in Wyoming was a station on the Outlaw Trail well known to Butch Cassidy. To the south, in Utah, was the inhospitable Robbers’ Roost, where Butch and his friends camped in 1897 after a robbery at Castle Gate.

Charles Kelly recreates the mean and magnificent places frequented by the Wild Bunch and a slew of lesser outlaws. At the same time, he brings Butch Cassidy to life, traces his criminal apprenticeship and meeting with the Sundance Kid, and masterfully describes the exploits of the Wild Bunch.

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Editorial Reviews

Six-Guns and Saddle Leather

"An excellent history of the lives and exploits of the better-known outlaws of the Northwest."—Ramon Adams, Six-Guns and Saddle Leather

— Ramon Adams

Encyclopedia of Frontier Biography

"Among the finest books published on outlaws of the Great Basin country."—Dan L. Thrapp, Encyclopedia of Frontier Biography

— Dan L. Thrapp

Six-Guns and Saddle Leather - Ramon Adams
"An excellent history of the lives and exploits of the better-known outlaws of the Northwest."—Ramon Adams, Six-Guns and Saddle Leather
Encyclopedia of Frontier Biography - Dan L. Thrapp
"Among the finest books published on outlaws of the Great Basin country."—Dan L. Thrapp, Encyclopedia of Frontier Biography
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803277786
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 398
  • Lexile: 1160L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Kelly was a historical writer who lived in Utah until his death in 1971. The Outlaw Trail, originally published in 1938 and revised and expanded in 1959, is considered a classic. Introducing it are Daniel Buck and Anne Meadows, who followed the South American Outlaw Trail to find out what became of Butch and Sundance.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introducing Butch Cassidy 3
The McCarty Gang 15
Telluride Bank Robbery 29
Oregon Bank Robberies 37
Delta Bank Robbery 46
Cassidy Meets the Law 51
Brown's Hole - Early History 61
Brown's Hole - Outlaw Period 75
Montpelier Bank Robbery 88
Meeker Bank Robbery 103
Hole-in-the Wall 107
Castle Gate Payroll Robbery 133
Robbers' Roost 141
The Wild Bunch Celebrates 159
Joe Walker 170
Gunplay Maxwell 180
The Law Comes to Brown's Hole 187
Two Wars Are Declared 207
The Battle of Roost Canyon 216
The One-man Army 224
Two Failures 234
Wilcox Train Robbery 239
Folsom Train Robbery 249
George Curry Cashes In 261
Cassidy Wants to Reform 266
Tipton Train Robbery 273
Winnemucca Bank Holdup 277
Wagner Train Robbery 282
In South America 287
Cassidy's Last Stand 295
Finis to the Wild Bunch 300
Is Butch Cassidy Dead? 314
The Speckled Nigger 320
Shorty Wheelwright 329
Sheriff John T. Pope 337
Queen Ann 344
Postscript 357
Index 362
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