Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    [Butch Cassidy and Joe Walker]. Collection of Documents Related to the Alleged Killings of Wild Bunch Members Butch Cassidy and Joe Walker. On April 21, 1897, Butch Cassidy, Joe Walker, and Elza Lay robbed the payroll of the Pleasant Valley Coal Company at Castle Gate, Utah. A posse comprising Sheriff C.W. Allred, Jack Gentry, Jim Inglefield, Pete Anderson, Billy McGuire, Jack Watson, J.W. Warf, and J.B. and George Whitmore was gathered on May 8, 1898, after word had been received that the outlaws were in the area. Having discovered a camp five days later, the group ambushed two men and shot them dead. One man was identified as Joe Walker, the other was suspected to be none other than Butch himself.

    The following day, the "Salt Lake Tribune" announced the death of the notorious outlaw as the coroner had identified both men. Evanston, Wyoming, Sheriff John Ward was asked to come identify Butch's body. Having arrived the day following the burial of the two men, they were both exhumed and examined. To the surprise of everyone, Ward identified the body as not that of Butch Cassidy, but of cattle rustler Bob Culp. The discovery ran in the "Salt Lake Tribune" under the headline "Butch Cassidy is Still Alive."

    Comprised of eight documents including: Receipt for Burial Expenses. Two page, 8.25" x 11", on County of Carbon letterhead. "For Burial Espencies of Joe Walker Butch Cassida (Elias) Roy Parker Tom Gilis. The following Property Sold on the 24th May 1898 at Price Utah" with a list of over twenty items, including the price and name of the buyer. Items include pistols, boots, blankets, soap, handkerchiefs, seven horses, saddle, pocket knives, spurs, et al. to a total of $121.45. The second page continues the list with "1 Black horse sold," "1 Bay [horse]," and "1 Yellow horse sold." Directly following are sketches of brands, purchaser's name, and total paid. [and:] Receipt for Burial Expenses. Two pages, 8" x 10.75", on Seventh Judicial Court letterhead, Carbon County [Utah], May 14-15, 1898. "Burrial Exspences of Joe Walker and Butch Cassiday Elias Parker Tom Gilis" for items including coffins, the washing of the bodies, the digging of graves, the hauling of the bodies and boxes, hay to feed horses, shaving the bodies, and sheriff's expenses. [and:] Receipt for Burial Expenses. One page, 8.25" x 11", on County of Carbon letterhead, Price [Utah], May 14 & 15, 1898, for "Burrial Exspences of Joe Walker and Butch Cassidy." Lists cost of items purchased including coffins, suits, shrouds, etc. Of note is the "Diging up Body for identification" and "Shaving 1 Body." The "body" of Butch Cassidy was exhumed and shaven, revealing the true identity of the corpse to Sheriff Ward. The dead man was actually cattle thief, Bob Culp. [and:] Receipt for Expenses. One page, 8.25" x 11", on County of Carbon letterhead, Price [Utah], 1898. Titled "Expences," the list contains seven names, the cost of hiring and feeding horses. [and:] Receipt for Expenses. 8.25" x 11", on County of Carbon letterhead, Price [Utah], 1898. Titled "Continued," the list includes information from the previous page and the paying of the "Sheriff for Bringing Bodies C.W. Allred." [and:] Certificate of Expenses. One page, 8.25" x 11", Price [Utah], 1898. Headed "We the undersigned certify we have received the ammounts set opisite the names in the Burial expences and delivering Property of Joe Walker and Butch Cassidy." Includes twelve signature, several of which were members of the posse of Sheriff Allred. [and:] Auction Notice. One page, 8.25" x 11", Price [Utah], May 28, 1898, announcing the sale of "One Yellow horse" and "One bay horse" by P.J. Olsen, and Albert Bryner with descriptions of markings and brands. In part: "The above described property beeing part of that found in the possesion of Joe Walker and Butch Cassida." [and:] P. J. Olsen Typed Document Signed. One page, 8" x 9.25". This is a carbon copy which is signed in ink by Olsen for the sale of two branded horses for a total of $19.50. The brands of each are drawn, also in ink. [and:] Inquest. Two pages, 8" x 11", on Seventh Judicial District Court letterhead. In part: "Inquest held on Dead Robbers . . . All Testified on information and belief that one was the body of the man that held up Paymaster Carpenter . . . John Bryner was sworn and testified that one was the body of Joe Walker and the other was one of the men that committed the Castle Gate Robbery. Sheriff Allred sworn and testified." With four additional names "sworn and testified."


    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    November, 2013
    24th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 0
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 652

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $100,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $100,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2018 December 9 Civil War, Militaria, Arms & Armor - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    We had a wonderful time in New York during the October 2013 Historical Manuscripts auction that featured my mother’s papers collected during her tenure as Martin Luther King, Jr.’s secretary. In fact, the entire experience from beginning to end has been a pleasure.
    Howard Ballou,
    Brandon, MS
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 June 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    2018 June 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $640,615