March 30, 2011
The Wild Pair
Remember the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid?
One of their hideout spots was down in the Canyonlands area of Utah in a place called Robber's Roost. I posted about the Roost here.
Steve has been reading The Wild Bunch at Robber's Roost by Pearl Baker, who managed a ranch headquartered at the Roost in the '30's. One interesting story in the book took place near Twin Springs and North Spring. After a little map study, Steve drew out a loop route. On our visit to Canyonlands this past week (yes, that's where we've been!) we rode past both springs.
As the story goes, a cowboy was staying in a line cabin near Twin Springs in the early 1920's. (Butch and the Wild Bunch pulled off most of their robberies between 1889 and 1901. Butch and Sundance supposedly died in Bolivia in 1908, but there is a lot of speculation that both survived and returned to Utah in later years.) One evening, a stranger who appeared to be "a little on the rustle," as they said in those days, stopped by Twin Springs to water his horse and pack mule. He seemed surprised to find the line cabin and the cowboy. Since it was late in the day, he accepted the cowboy's hospitality for the night, but he acted nervous, especially when the cowboy happened to get near his pack.
Could the stranger have been one of the Wild Bunch returning for his ill-gotten gains, some 20 years after the last robbery? That's the speculation.
No gold, though, more's the pity.