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    "Butch Cassidy" and Joe Walker: Document Listing Expenses Including "Burying Bodies" of the Two Men. Document on County of Carbon letterhead, 8.25" x 11", 1 page, front and verso, showing services and payments due in relation to the sale of property of "Joe Walker and Butch Cassidy." On verso, certified as paid by P.J. Olsen, Justice of the Peace.
    On April 21, 1897, Butch Cassidy, Joe Walker and Elza Lay robbed the payroll of the Pleasant Valley Coal Company at Castle Gate, Utah, just west of Price, Utah. Hearing that Walker had been seen in the area, on May 8, 1898, a posse was formed consisting of Carbon County, Utah Sheriff C.W. Allred, Pete Anderson, Jack Gentry, Jim Inglefield, Billy McGuire, J.W. Warf, Jack Watson, and J. B. and George Whitmore. Early on the morning of May 13th, mistakenly thinking they had discovered the camp of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the posse shot and killed two men. They recognized one body as Joe Walker. They thought the other was Butch Cassidy.
    The headline in the Salt Lake Tribune on May 14, 1898 proclaimed "Butch is dead." A coroner's inquest ruled that Walker and Cassidy were indeed the two bodies. Sheriff John Ward of Evanston, Wyoming-who once had Cassidy in his jail for three months-was asked to come and confirm the identity of the second outlaw. He arrived a day after the burial; the bodies were exhumed. The May 17th edition of the Salt Lake Herald headlined "Butch Cassidy is Still Alive," reporting that Ward had identified the second body as that of Bob Culp, a notorious cattle thief. Photocopy of the article is present. There are reports that Butch Cassidy, hiding under a haystack in a wagon, watched his own funeral on May 15th.
    A near-miss for the lawmen, but a fascinating sidelight nonetheless.


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