“THE RAID AT CASTLE GATE”

CASTLE GATE, UTAH

— DARING RAILROAD ROBBERY  — Two men sat on a bench at the train station in Castle Gate, Utah, once again awaiting the arrival of the Denver & Rio Grande Western. When the train pulled in on April 21, 1897, the engineer activated a loud steam whistle. The two men exchanged smiles when they heard the blast.

 

Butch Cassidy and Elza Lay had dropped by the station every […]

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“BEFORE THE WILD BUNCH”

FIRST BANK H EIST

— BUTCH CASSIDY’S FIRST BANK JOB — On the afternoon of June 24, 1889, three men rode into Telluride, Colorado, and made their way to the San Miguel Valley Bank.

Instead of masks, they wore garish outfits—”five-gallon hats, red bandanas, flashy shirts, chaps and high-heeled cowboy boots” and spurs.

The outlaws outfitted their horses in silver-studded bridles and saddles.

They wanted to convey the impression they were just cowboys out for […]

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“LAST SURVIVOR”

ROSE OF WILD BUNCH

 — ROSE OF THE WILD BUNCH — The self-employed seamstress in the small apartment at 278 Cossitt Place in Memphis, Tennessee, maintained a modest lifestyle and kept mostly to herself. Neighbors and colleagues of the widow never realized she represented the last survivor of one of the Old West’s notorious outlaw gangs.

She called herself Freda Lincoln and told anyone who asked that her husband, “the late Maurice Lincoln,” […]

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STORYTELLER’S 7: KATHLEEN RICE ADAMS, ROMANCING THE ANTI-HERO

KR Adams

Whether at her desk, in the kitchen, or kicking-back reading at her Galveston, Texas, dwelling, Kathleen Rice Adams admits to a dog or three lounging close by—”one an irredeemable rabble-rouser.”

The confessed animal-lover has logged nearly three decades behind the keyboard, writing and editing news, magazine articles, non-fiction manuscripts, and novels. Along the way, she squeezed in a few ghost-writing projects for nonfiction books.

She’s often defined by her razor-sharp wit, but the […]

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