A Little History – Butch Cassidy and The Wild Bunch

Robert LeRoy Parker AKA Butch Cassidy was a born and raised Utah mormon rancher who happened to turn a bad leaf and soon become one of the west’s most notorious outlaws. Butch and his gang of outlaws ran the Outlaw Trail from Montana to Mexico in the 19th century, robbing banks and trains in their quest to riches. They hid out amongst Utah’s many slot canyon mazes and vast obscure landscapes. With the help of locals, they were able to get food, water and rest and allude law enforcement by having locals provide misleading information on the gang.

Butch Cassidy and The Wild Bunch - ca. 1900 (Public Domain)
Photo Credit: KurtClark on flickr

Butch Cassidy and The Wild Bunch made off with lofty amounts of money from each of their heists. Eventually as the west grew more populated and law enforcement more organized, Butch and Harry Longabaugh AKA the Sundance Kid escaped into South America where they continued to rob banks and eventually their trail disappeared.

To this day it is hard to tell fact from fiction as to when and how Butch and Sundance died. Some say they died in a shootout with Bolivian officers, some say Butch managed to escape and make it back into the US and live a normal life under a alias. Some evidence points to his return, but the story is still a mystery.

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