The train gang

The train gang

Butch and the boys robbed a few railroads
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This photo of Butch Cassidy was taken at the Wyoming State Penitentiary, where he served two years for stealing a $5 horse. Butch was born Robert Leroy Parker in a small Mormon community in Beaver, Utah. He learned his trade from the horse and cattle rustler Mike Cassidy. Because Robert had been a butcher in Rock Springs, Wyo., he earned the nickname Butch Cassidy.
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This famous group photo of the Wild Bunch, taken near a red-light district called Hell’s Half Acre, features the Sundance Kid on bottom left and Butch Cassidy on bottom right. They had at least 50 images printed up in the John Swartz Photography Studio in Fort Worth and even had the cheek to mail one back to Winnemucca, Nev., to the president of the bank they had robbed the month before.
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Yes, on occasion Butch and the boys used a little too much dynamite. In trying to blow this express car safe, they destroyed the entire railcar. To keep passengers from getting injured Butch Cassidy always separated the express car from the other passenger cars.
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Butch Cassidy and the boys liked to drink. So much so that they shot up a bar in Baggs, Wyo., paid the bartender $1 for each bullet hole, and he made enough money to open a new bar in Rawlins. Butch and other outlaws hiding out in Brown’s Park may have enjoyed batches of moonshine from this still at the John Jarvie Ranch.
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The John Jarvie Ranch, now an historic site administered by the Bureau of Land Management in Brown’s Park, in northwestern Colorado, includes this cellar reputed to be one of Butch’s hideouts.
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