Butch Cassidy was a notorious outlaw who robbed trains and banks while leading the "Wild Bunch" in the Old West. This guide provides access to materials related to the “Butch Cassidy” in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.
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Butch Cassidy and three other men rob a Telluride, Colorado bank on June 24, 1889. This robbery is the first major crime attributed to Cassidy, who would go on to become a notorious bank and train robber, become the leader of the "Wild Bunch" gang, and inspire legends for years to come. Read more about it!
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June 24, 1889
Butch Cassidy (Robert LeRoy Parker) and three others rob a bank in Telluride, Colorado. It is the first major robbery attributed to Cassidy.
September 17, 1896
Cassidy and the “Wild Bunch” rob a bank in Montpelier, Idaho. In the succeeding years, the outlaws commit several other robberies throughout the Southwestern United States.
Cassidy considers an amnesty agreement with the governor of Utah, but ultimately does not turn himself in. Soon after, the “Wild Bunch” disbands, but reports of Cassidy continue to surface in the U.S. and South America throughout the early twentieth century.