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Butch Cassidy

Born: April 13, 1866, Beaver, Utah
Died: November 6, 1908 (age 42), outside San Vicente, Bolivia

Butch Cassidy, born Robert LeRoy Parker, was a notorious American train robber, bank robber and leader of the Hole in the Wall Gang.

What do you know about Butch Cassidy? Try this US Old West History Made Easy Quiz. "Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

Trivia powered by Prof. Walter1. Parker's first offense was minor. About 1880, he (age 14) went to a clothier's shop in another town only to find the shop closed. He entered the shop and took a pair of jeans and some pie, leaving an IOU promising to pay on his next visit. However, the clothier pressed charges. Parker was acquitted at a jury trial.

  • Fact or Myth?

2. Cassidy and three others on June 24, 1889, robbed the San Miguel Valley Bank in Telluride in which they stole approximately $21,000. Where did they go to hideout?

  • Robbers Roost
  • Outlaw Ridge
  • Horsethief Basin

3. In 1890, Parker purchased a ranch near Dubois, Wyoming. What was near the location?

  • Red River Gorge
  • Parks Ridge
  • Hole-in-the-Wall

4. In early 1894, Parker became involved romantically with female Old West outlaw and rancher. Who was the outlaw and rancher?

  • Mildred Ann Hill
  • Ann Bassett
  • Cody Richards

5. Upon his release he associated himself with a circle of criminals, most notably his closest friend Elzy Lay, Harvey "Kid Curry" Logan, Ben Kilpatrick, Harry Tracy, Will "News" Carver, Laura Bullion, and George Curry, who, together with others, formed a gang known as the Wild Bunch, and with this his criminal activity increased considerably. Despite the Wild Bunch often being portrayed as mostly non-violent, in reality the gang was responsible for numerous killings during their robbery activities.

  • Fact or Myth?

6. On June 2, 1899, the Butch and his gang robbed a Union Pacific overland flyer, a robbery that became famous and which resulted in a massive man hunt. Many notable lawmen of the day took part in the hunt for the robbers, but they were not found. Where was the location near?

  • Wilcox, Wyoming
  • Horse, Wyoming
  • Davis, Utah

7. Butch, Sundance Kid ,and Bill Carver traveled to Winnemucca, Nevada, where on September 19, 1900, they robbed the bank of $32,640. What was the bank's name?

  • Wells Fargo Bank
  • First National Bank
  • Union National Bank

8. In December, Parker posed in Fort Worth, Texas for the now-famous Fort Worth Five Photograph, which depicts Parker, Longabaugh, Harvey Logan (alias Kid Curry), Ben Kilpatrick and William Carver.

  • Fact or Myth?

9. On November 6, their lodging house was surrounded by a small group comprising the local mayor and some of his officials, and two soldiers. A gunfight then ensued. During a lull in the firing, a single shot was heard from inside the house, followed by a man screaming, and then another single shot. The locals kept the place surrounded until the next morning when, cautiously entering, they found two dead bodies, both with numerous wounds to the arms and legs, one with a bullet hole in the forehead and the other with a hole in the temple.

  • Fact or Myth?

10. Where is Butch Cassidy buried?

  • Hillside Cemetery, Reno, Washoe County, Nevada
  • Body lost or destroyed*
  • Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, California

 

Butch Cassidy [Answers]

  1. Fact
  2. Robbers Roost
  3. Hole-in-the-Wall
  4. Ann Bassett
  5. Fact
  6. Wilcox, Wyoming
  7. First National Bank
  8. Fact
  9. Fact
  10. Body lost or destroyed*

*Though many scholars accept that Cassidy died in South America, enough doubt still exists so that the debate remains ongoing.

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