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Museum of Northwest Colorado
Outlaws of the West
NEW!!! $19.95
“Butch Cassidy - My Uncle” by Bill Betenson
            “Bill Betenson knows more about the life of Butch Cassidy than anyone alive.”
                                                                                   Colin Taylor, Outlaw Historian
Lots of people wish they were related to a famous person. Bill Betenson is - Butch Cassidy is his great-uncle. Bill's interest in Butch Cassidy was sparked when he was four years old and attended a private screening of the Paul Newman/Robert Redford movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid with his great-grandmother, Lula Betenson, who wrote Butch Cassidy, My Brother. For over two decades Betenson has researched and studied the life and times of Butch Cassidy. Betenson utilized privileged family information and memorabilia, traveled to South America to conduct interviews and visit Butch Cassidy's ranch, and spent hours in dusty archives. Betenson offers up new information about this infamous outlaw's life and death.
With an abundance of documentation and photos, Betenson presents a clear-eyed look at the life of his great uncle and the enigma that still exists today concerning his life and probable death in Bolivia.
Softcover               311 pages                      $19.95
Yampa Valley Sin Circuit by Laurel Watson

Far from the rest of civilization, but with plenty of money and booze close at hand, Steamboat Springs and the surrounding towns of Oak Creek, Yampa, Hayden and Craig were filled with shady characters with even shadier pasts. Many of the saloonkeepers in these areas opened multiple enterprises, allowing the various "soiled doves" of the region to move from town to town and bar to bar every few months to keep business fresh or to escape entanglements that had gone sour. Historian Laurel Watson unearths the seamy history of Yampa Valley's early red-light districts and the people who called them home.  Softbound 127 pages $19.99

“Guilty … But Not as Charged”
by Ed Walker, Helen Wilkerson & Marilyn Read
In the dying days of the Old West, this true-life story of West Texas rancher Noah Wilkerson has earned a small, but captivating, place in the era's history. A self-made man with little formal education, Wilkerson was a headstrong landowner used to doing things this way and answering to no one. Nothing about Noah suggested timidity. A man of few words, Wilkerson never really "fit in" with those around him. Nevertheless, he built a successful cattle and horse ranch as well as a home for his wife and nine children. His ordinary life, however, suddenly became entangled with many questions and few answers when a debatable arrest and conviction for murder led him to a new existence - as an outlaw on the run with a price over his head. Guilty...But Not As Charged is a fascinating, well-researched examination of this somewhat complex man whose decisions ultimately put him on the wrong end of a lawman's gun.
“This is a story of family love, guns, cowboy, jails and courts. It has the true feel of the west, from the big sky country of Texas to the plains and mountains of Colorado and Wyoming. This book is a scholarly piece of work….carefully explaining how fragile life was a hundred years ago.”
                                                                                     Tumbleweed Smith of Western Texas College
Softbound     228 pages       $15.95

"Sundance, My Uncle" by Donna Ernst
The story of Harry Alonzo Longabaugh aka Sundance Kid and his association with Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch/Hole in the Wall Gang.   Author Donna Ernst did a remarkable job of researching information on the Sundance Kid. The book is fascinating to read and includes many great photos of Sundance, Etta Place, Butch Cassidy and other members of the famous Wild Bunch or Hole-in-the-Wall Gang as they were also known. This book tells the historical story of one of the last outlaws of the Wild West.

Out of Print                               Hardcover              224 pages with photos            

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"The Sundance Kid" 'The Life of Harry Alonzo Longabaugh' by Donna B. Ernst

He gained renown as the sidekick of Butch Cassidy, but the Sundance Kid—whose real name was Harry Alonzo Longabaugh—led a fuller life than history or Hollywood has allowed.  A relative of Longabaugh through marriage, Donna B. Ernst has spent more than a quarter century researching his life. She now brings to print the most thorough account ever of one of the West’s most infamous outlaws, tracing his life from his childhood in Pennsylvania to his involvement with the Wild Bunch and, in 1908, to his reputed death by gunshot in Bolivia.

Combining genealogical research, access to family records, and explorations in historical archives, Ernst details the Sundance Kid’s movements to paint a complete picture of the man. She recounts his homesteading days in Colorado, offers new information on his years as a cowboy in Wyoming and Canada, and cites newly uncovered records that substantiate both his outlaw activities and his attempts at self-reform.  While taking readers on the wild chase that became Longabaugh’s life, outracing posses and Pinkertons, Ernst corrects inaccuracies in the historical record. She demonstrates that he could not have participated in the Belle Fourche bank heist or the Tipton train robbery and refutes speculations that Butch and Sundance managed to escape their fate in Bolivia.   The Sundance Kid is enlivened by more than three dozen photographs, including family photos never before seen.

                        Softcover                    233 pages                   $19.95 

"The Outlaw Trail" 'A History of Butch Cassidy & His Wild Bunch' by Charles Kelly                     The Wild Bunch, the confederation of western outlaws headed by Butch Cassidy, found sanctuary on the rugged Outlaw Trail. Stretching across Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico, this trail offered desert and mountain hideouts to bandits and cowboys. The almost inaccessible Hole-in-the-Wall in Wyoming was a station on the Outlaw Trail well known to Butch Cassidy. To the south, in Utah, was the inhospitable Robbers’ Roost, where Butch and his friends camped in 1897 after a robbery at Castle Gate.

Charles Kelly recreates the mean and magnificent places frequented by the Wild Bunch and a slew of lesser outlaws. At the same time, he brings Butch Cassidy to life, traces his criminal apprenticeship and meeting with the Sundance Kid, and masterfully describes the exploits of the Wild Bunch.

                                                Softbound     374 pages      $20.95

"David Lant"  'The Vanished Outlaw'  by Douglas W. Ellison
The first ever biography of this mysterious young man of noble origins who rose to notoriety as an outlaw in the closing days of the old western frontier. Ranging across Utah, Wyoming and Colorado, Dave Lant played a prominent role in the passage of a violent, nostalgic era of our western heritage. His story is a thrilling account of shootings, lynchings, jailbreaks, and seemingly endless pursuit by lawmen and posses. It was a lifestyle not conducive to freedom or survival, but in the end, Dave Lant got clean away. 

                                               Softbound       232 pages      $8.95

"The Life of Tom Horn  Government Scout & Interpreter" by Tom Horn

On November 20, 1903, Tom Horn was hanged in Cheyenne, Wyoming, for the murder of a fourteen-year-old nester boy. Horn-army scout and interpreter for Generals Willcox, Crook, and Miles in the Apache wars, Pinkerton operative, cattle detective, and "King of Cowboys"-was hanged like a common criminal, many think mistakenly. His own account of his life, written while he was in prison and first published in 1904, is not really a vindication, says Dean Krakel in his introduction. "While the appendix is spiked with interesting letters, testimonials, and transcripts, they don’t really add up to anything in the way of an explanation of what really happened."

Regardless of Horn’s guilt or innocence, his story, beginning when he was a runaway Missouri farm boy, provides a firsthand look at scout Al Sieber in action, at the military both great and small, at the wily Geronimo, the renegade Natchez, and old Chief Nana of the Apaches.

                                             Softbound       272 pages     $19.95

"Tom Horn  Blood on the Moon"  The Dark History of the Murderous Cattle Detective                 by Chip Carlson

Did Tom Horn kill Willie Nickell? He was a death sentence to rustlers and the devil incarnate to homesteaders in late nineteenth-century Wyoming.  Did Tom Horn commit the 1901 murder of the fourteen-year-old son of a sheep-owning homesteader who had stolen from the cattle barons ranges? If not, who did?

Cheyenne author Chip Carlson, in this, his third book, answers these questions and others with the monumental results of more than ten years of research into primary sources.  Who were Tom Horn's other victims? Was there collusion on the part of three governors in two Colorado murders? How could the jury return a verdict of guilty in Tom Horn s trial in the face of evidence that someone else was the killer? Why did Tom Horn s parents flee to Canada? Was there jury tampering and bribery? Why did Tom Horn say I would kill him and be done with him? What was the role of schoolteacher Glendolene Kimmell, and where did she end her years?

                                                 Softbound      380 pages        $19.95

"Butch Cassidy  A Biography"  by Richard Patterson 
Separating mythology from actual events in the life of Butch Cassidy has been made extremely difficult by the many stories told about him by family members, acquaintances, and writers after his presumed death in a Bolivian village. In an exhaustive search of reminiscences, newspapers, and books, Richard Patterson has written the definitive biography of the outlaw whose legend is rivaled only by that of Billy the Kid.

Born to a devout Mormon family in Utah, Robert Leroy Parker demonstrated early on the acquisitiveness and restlessness that would lead him into a criminal life. As a teenager, he was arrested for stealing a saddle. In this same period, he met Mike Cassidy, a cowhand skilled in using a running iron to change livestock brands. Eventually Parker drifted into Telluride, where he met Tom McCarty and Matt Warner. McCarty taught them how to rob banks and trains, laying out for Parker a career path that would lead him to a new name—Butch Cassidy —and eventually force him from the country.

                      Softbound              362 pages                 $19.95

"In Search of Butch Cassidy" by Larry Pointer

 Who was Butch Cassidy? He was born Robert LeRoy Parker in 1866 in Utah. After years of operating with a sometime gang of outlaws known as the Wild Bunch, he and the Sundance Kid escaped to South America, only to die in a 1908 shootout with a Bolivian cavalry troop. But did he die? Some say that he didn’t die in Bolivia, but returned to live out a quiet life in Spokane, Washington where he died peacefully in 1937. In interviews with the author, scores of his friends and relatives and their descendants in Wyoming, Utah, and Washington concurred, claiming that Butch Cassidy had returned from Bolivia and lived out the remainder of his life in Spokane under the alias William T. Phillips. In 1934 William T. Phillips wrote an unpublished manuscript, an (auto) biography of Butch Cassidy, “The Bandit Invincible, the Story of Butch Cassidy.” Larry Pointer, marshalling an overwhelming amount of evidence, is convinced that William T. Phillips and Butch Cassidy were the same man. The details of his life, though not ending spectacularly in a Bolivian shootout, are more fascinating than the until-now accepted version of the outlaw’s life.                                                                                      There was a shootout with the Bolivian cavalry, but, according to Butch (Phillips), he was able to escape under the cover of darkness, sadly leaving behind his longtime friend, the Sundance Kid, dead. Then came Paris, a minor bit of facelifting, Michigan, marriage, Arizona, Mexico with perhaps a tour as a sharpshooter for Pancho Villa, Alaska, and at last the life of a businessman in Spokane. In between there were some quiet return trips to visit old friends and haunts in Wyoming and Utah.  The author, with the invaluable help of Cassidy’s autobiography, has pieced together the full and final story of a remarkable outlaw—from his Utah Mormon origins, through his escapades of banditry and escape to South America, to his self-rehabilitation as William Phillips, a respected member of society.                                                      Softcover    294 pages    $19.95

"Gulick has chosen to tell the story in an entirely linear manner. . . . The result is a gripping, exciting and frightening story of a desperate killer and men so determined to bring him down that they became as dangerous as their target. More than a thousand men pursued Tracy through Oregon and Washington. Virtually all of them were armed, including some of the newspaper reporters."—Dan Hays, Statesman Journal Newspaper

(Dan Hays Statesman Journal Newspaper)

About the Author
Bill Gulick's writing career, spanning more than six decades, twenty-seven novels, eight non-fiction books and several plays, is truly remarkable.  He lives in Washington state and has continued writing into his 90's.       $18.95

By Midwest Book Review

 
In Robbers Roost Recollections, Pearl Baker sets down her memories of Robbers Roost, and in doing so captures the sounds and smells, the hard work, the cowboy lingo, and the excitement of ranch life while running cattle in the rugged southern Utah terrain that was home to Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch. When her father, Joe Biddlecome, set to ranching in the early decades of this century, his wife and two daughters came to the Roost to live and ride with im in his cattle business. Readers of Baker's Robbers Roost Recollections will relive their true-life experiences and gain a unique perspective of how one family helped settle a part of the American West. Robbers Roost Recollections is a most remarkable and much appreciated contribution to the growing body of historical information and biography available for students of American history in general, and the American western frontier in particular.  Paperback 196 pgs with photos    $19.95
Lawyer-turned-writer Anne Meadows and her husband, Dan Buck, set out to solve the mystery of what really happened to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. With the tenacity of Pinkerton agents, the couple tracks the outlaws and the enigmatic Etta Place through South America, where they fled in 1901. Meadows and Buck rove Argentinian pampas, Chilean deserts, and Bolivian sierras; pore over faded newspapers and musty documents; exhume skeletons with the aid of forensic anthropologist Clyde Snow; unearth eyewitness accounts of Butch and Sundance’s final holdup and the Bolivian shootout; and examine letters by the bandits and interviews by the Argentine police who investigated their activities. Information about William T. Phillips, who claimed to be Butch Cassidy, is also included.
 
While filling in the blanks in the Wild Bunch saga, Meadows explores the nature of truth and discovers how myths are made. She updates the search with a new afterword to this edition.     $24.95

A fascinating journey through the Rockies' unruly past-- with maps, photos, and more The Rocky Mountains rightfully claim a celebrated place in the "wildest" West of both myth and reality--which makes it truly stranger than fiction that this is the first-ever travel guide to the many sites related to the renowned rambunctious past of America's greatest mountain range, complete with GPS coordinates that put you at the scene of the action. Written with the same fast-paced, gripping style that marked the author's widely praised earlier work, The Crime Buff's Guide to the Outlaw Rocky Mountainsis an indispensable resource for both criminal-history enthusiasts and travelers. Each site description includes a concise summary of the location's significance, historical context, maps, directions, and photos.           Paperback with photographs   230  pages   $14.95

 

 
The mid-1800s through the turn of the twentieth century were lawless times in young Colorado. Resident killer Jack Slade was such an enigma - both gentleman and murderer - that he charmed both Mark Twain and Buffalo Bill. Marshal Jim Clark enjoyed having a little fun on the side, donning disguises to rob miners. Elegant swindler Lou Blonger made a huge fortune off poor suckers. And Gertrude Patterson shot and killed her husband in broad daylight . . . but was found innocent nonetheless.
Outlaw Tales of Colorado tells the true stories of more than a dozen of the era's most infamous outlaws. Inside you'll meet crass, dangerous, and often-tragic figures in Centennial State history - from conmen, murderers, bank robbers, cattle rustlers, and a horse thief to lawless lawmen, jealous lovers, and a cannibal.
 

About the Author

Jan Murphy grew up in the mountains of Colorado and first attended a two-room schoolhouse in Bear Creek Canyon, then Red Rocks School (with a view of the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre), Bear Creek High School, and the University of Colorado in Boulder. She resides near Denver and has traveled widely throughout the state, has hiked many of its mountain trails, and has taught numerous classes about Colorado.     Paperback    115 pages with photos     $10.95
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