The Wild Bunch at Robbers Roost

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U of Nebraska Press, Feb 1, 1989 - History - 224 pages
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Robbers Roost was a hideout for outlaws and hunted men long before Butch Cassidy found it in 1884. The impenetrable wastes and wilds of this high desert country in southeastern Utah, cut through by canyons along the Green and Colorado rivers and bounded on the west by the Dirty Devil, discouraged lawmen from pursuit. Growing up on a ranch that included Robbers Roost, Pearl Baker heard many of the legends about?and talked to many who remembered?the notorious Wild Bunch. In the 1890s they spread over Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, and Arizona rustling cattle, stealing horses, robbing banks and trains, and often taking cover at Robbers Roost. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Flat Nose George and the Curry boys, Elzy Lay, Gunplay Maxwell, the McCarty boys, Peep O'Day, Silver Tip, Blue John, and Indian Ed Newcomb?they all come to rip-roaring life while courting death in The Wild Bunch at Robbers Roost.

In his introduction to the Bison Books edition, Floyd A. O'Neil, director of the American West Center at the University of Utah, discusses landscape, the law and the Wild Bunch, and Pearl Baker's lifelong preparation for this lively book.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Time Table
6
Robbers Roost Country
13
Butch Cassidy Finds the Roost
18
The 3 B Outfit Feeds the Wild Bunch
29
Jack Moore
35
Gunplay C L Maxwell
46
Matt Warner
55
Some Others Including Grimes and Ricker
115
Silver Tip Blue John and Indian Ed Newcomb
132
Tom Billy and Fred McCarty
149
The Telluride Bank Robbery
158
The Delta Bank Robbery
164
Elzy Lay
170
Butch Cassidy
181
The Castle Gate Payroll Holdup
201

Joe Walker
65
Tom Dilly
83
Flat Nose George and the Curry Boys
95
Caches at the Roost
213
Index
217
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