Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch
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Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch
Born in 1866 in Beaver, UT, Butch was named Robert LeRoy Parker. The oldest of 13 children in a poor Mormon family, he left as a teenager with dreams of carving out a more prosperous life. He found work on several ranches and became friends with Mike Cassidy who had a reputation for stealing cattle and horses. Parker admired Cassidy and changed his name to Butch Cassidy, not wanting to cause disrespect to his family. Cassidy was well liked and he never killed anyone. His first robbery was in 1889 when he along with 3 other cowboys held up a bank in Telluride, Colorado.
Butch purchased a ranch in Dubois, Wyoming in 1890 and rustled cattle and horses. In 1894 he was caught by the law and he was jailed for 2 years. Cassidy had a reputation for keeping his word. The night before he was to begin his sentence, he asked to be released and promised to return the next day. Authorities took him at his word and let him go. He returned to them the next morning. When released in 1896, he resumed his life of crime. He then embarked on the longest stretch of Bank and train robberies in American history with Harry Longabaugh: the Sundance Kid, William Ellsworth Lay: Elzy Lay, Ben Kilpatrick: the Tall Texan, and Harvey Logan: Kid Curry – a group known as The Wild Bunch.
With each new robbery the Bunch became better known and better liked by the American public. Their robberies became bigger too. One of the largest was $70,000 form a train just outside of Folsom, New Mexico. Unable to stop them, the Union Pacific Railroad made a proposal and offered a pardon in exchange for a promise to end his robberies and a job for the company as an express guard. Cassidy turned it down. Eventually the railroad turned to the law to end the Wild Bunch and hired the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, who pushed Cassidy and the Wild Bunch to South America.
They fled to Argentina in 1901 with Sundance’s girlfriend, Etta Place, and homesteaded a ranch in Cholila Valley. By 1905 they were robbing banks. It is said that Butch and Sundance died in a Bolivian town on Nov. 6, 1908 across the Argentinian northern border where a patrol discovered them. A gunfight started. Many think they survived the shoot out and lived on. No one actually identified them and no photographs were taken of their bodies. William T. Phillips, a man in Spokane, Washington, who died in 1937, wrote “The Invincible Bandit” claimed that Cassidy survived the shootout, had plastic surgery in France, married and moved to Spokane, WA about 1910. Phillips wrote a book in the 1920’s with details only Cassidy could have known. The debate continues. Cassidy is considered one of the most revered outlaws of the American West.
Heroes and Patriots is proud to present this edition on Henry Golden Boy .22LR engraved with 24 Kt. Gold plating in a satin finish on the Receiver Cover and Butt Plate. Makes a great gift for Holidays, Retirements, Employee Bonuses and Executive bonuses and more!
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