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    Butch Cassidy: Document Relating to the Purported Killing of Cassidy and "Wild Bunch" Desperado Joe Walker. On April 21, 1897, Butch Cassidy, Joe Walker and Elza Lay robbed Pleasant Valley Coal Company at Castle Gate, Utah, and made off with the payroll. A posse was formed May 8, 1898, 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 upon the news that Joe Walker had been seen in the area. Early on the morning of May 13th the posse shot and killed two men mistakenly thinking they had discovered the camp of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. They recognized one body as Joe Walker. They believed the other to be Butch Cassidy.

    A coroner's inquest ruled that Walker and Cassidy were indeed the two bodies and the Salt Lake Tribune on May 14, 1898 proclaimed "Butch is dead." Subsequently, Sheriff John Ward of Evanston, Wyoming was asked to come and confirm the identity of the second outlaw. He had once held Butch Cassidy for three months, and arrived a day after the burial; the bodies were exhumed. Ward identified the second body as that of Bob Culp, a notorious cattle thief and the May 17th edition of the Salt Lake Herald headlined "Butch Cassidy is Still Alive". Photocopy of the article is present. There are reports that Butch Cassidy, hiding under a haystack in a wagon, watched "his" funeral on May 15th.

    1. County of Carbon letterhead, 8.25" x 11". Price, Utah, May 28, 1898. Tear at lower left blank edge. Headed "Notice," announcing the sale by P.J. Olsen, Justice of the Peace, Price Precinct, and Albert Bryner, Treasurer Carbon County, at public auction "One Yellow horse" and "One bay horse," each described with markings and brand. "The above described property beeing part of that found in the possesion of Joe Walker and Butch Cassida."
    2. Count of Carbon letterhead, 8.25" x 11". Continuation of previous page. Headed "Brought over." Lists "1 Black horse sold," also "1 Bay" horse and "1 Yellow horse sold..." Drawings of brands on horses. Purchasers' names and prices are listed.


    While the identification of Cassidy failed to hold up, this is still an interesting association piece and a document which does relate to the killing of Joe Walker, a significant name in "Wild Bunch" history.


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