History

From the Sundance Kid, to Etta Place and Butch Cassidy....

Sundance is nested in the valley of the Bearlodge Mountains in Northeastern Wyoming on the west side of the Black Hills. History and folklore abounds in the streets that were made for freight wagons and teams of horses. 

 

 

Born in 1867 in Pennsylvania, Harry Longabaugh was not long in making his way West. In fact, he was only 15 when he began his journey on a covered wagon with his cousin George. By 1887, however, things were not going so well for him. He stole a horse, gun, and saddle from a ranch in Sundance, Wyoming and fled. However, he was captured and sentenced to 18 months in jail. He might have lost his innocence, but he gained a name and a place in history. He became known as 'The Sundance Kid'.

 

After his release, he went back to working as a ranch hand. Unfortunately, the life of an honest cowboy did not suit him. He was implicated in 1892 in a train robbery, and again in 1897 in a bank robbery along with five other men. Sundance became associated with a group known as the 'Wild Bunch' which included his famous partner Robert Leroy Parker, a.k.a. Butch Cassidy.

 

Etta Place, Harry's beautiful and mysterious companion who was presumed to have become his wife, was a fine horsewoman and an excellent shot with a rifle. (shown above left photo, with Harry Longabaugh)

 

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