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The Outlaw Trail: A History of Butch Cassidy and His Wild Bunch

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The Wild Bunch, the confederation of western outlaws headed by Butch Cassidy, found sanctuary on the rugged Outlaw Trail. Stretching across Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico, this trail offered desert and mountain hideouts to bandits and cowboys. The almost inaccessible Hole-in-the-Wall in Wyoming was a station on the Outlaw Trail wel ...more
Paperback, 398 pages
Published May 1st 1996 by Bison Books
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Gloria Piper
Jan 31, 2015 Gloria Piper rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, western
First printed in 1938, Kelly provides a thorough and honest account of the outlaws and their territory in the Old West, complete with maps. He includes unique photographs of such outlaws as Butch Cassidy and those he rode with. Kelly visited important sites, such as Hole-in-the-Wall and Robbers' Roost. He even found and interviewed survivors of that era. At times fascinating, when he describes personalities and exploits, and boring when he lists the names of characters and their fates, the inclu ...more
Carl Johnson
Mar 30, 2011 Carl Johnson rated it really liked it
I am about half way through. This is a book for history buffs in general, and for fans of the old west in particular.

It purports to be about Butch Cassidy, but is truly does take the long trail to get there. Written by Charles Kelly, a man that tracked down eyewitnesses and wrote based on first hand accounts, this book is chock full of anecdotes and verified stories of the way it really was.

As I said, I am only halfway through the book, and it hasn't really touched too much on Butch Cassidy. In
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Mike
Nov 24, 2015 Mike rated it really liked it
This is a pretty good overview of the Outlaw Trail. It provides a fair number of outlaws a chapter to tell their tale, with the overall arc of the book being Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch. The author used primary sources, including interviews with surviving denizens of the area who knew many of the profiled outlaws. While the book feels a bit meandering and unfocused at times, the tales being related are fascinating.
Michelle
Feb 02, 2010 Michelle rated it really liked it
Recommended to Michelle by: ben
This book has a LOT of people to keep straight. I skimmed over most of the names and let myself be enthralled with the wild west tales. Having grown to love the Utah landscape after growing up on the Iowa plains, I'm intrigued at how a resourceful person could get away from anything/get to anywhere with relative ease through the mountains and across the valleys. A great telling of frontier history!
Janette
May 01, 2012 Janette rated it really liked it
Have been studying this era in school & found this rare/old book which was fantastic! Would love to have my own copy. Easy, enjoyable read.
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