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He Rode with Butch and Sundance
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Pinned down by a posse, the wounded outlaw’s companions urged him to escape through the gulch. “Don’t wait for me,” he replied, “I’m all in and might as well end it right here.” Placing his revolver to his right temple, he pulled the trigger for the last time, thus ending the life of the notorious “Kid Curry” of the Wild Bunch. It is long past time for the publication of a well-researched, definitive biography of the infamous western outlaw Harvey Alexander Logan, better known by his alias Kid Curry. In Wyoming he became involved in rustling and eventually graduated to bank and train robbing as a member—and soon leader—of the Wild Bunch. The core members of the gang came to be Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid, George “Flatnose” Currie, Elzy Lay, Ben “the Tall Texan” Kilpatrick, Will Carver, and Kid Curry. Kid Curry has been portrayed as a cold-blooded killer, without any compassion or conscience and possessed of limited intelligence. Curry indeed was a dangerous man with a violent temperament, which was aggravated by alcoholic drink. However, Smokov shows that Curry’s record of kills is highly exaggerated, and that he was not the blood-thirsty killer as many have claimed. Mark Smokov has researched extensively in areas significant to Curry’s story and corrects the many false statements that have been written about him in the past. Curry was a cunning outlaw who planned and executed robberies on par with anything Butch Cassidy is reported to have pulled off. Smokov contends that Curry was the actual train robbing leader of the Wild Bunch—there is no concrete evidence that Cassidy ever robbed a train. He also presents new evidence that is virtually conclusive in resolving whether or not Curry was the “unknown bandit” who was killed after robbing a train near Parachute, Colorado, in 1904.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. He Rode with Butch and Sundance : The Story of Harvey (Kid Curry)
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  1. Map - The West of the Wild Bunch - Late 1890's
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  1. He Rode with Butch and Sundance by Mark T. Smokov
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. 1. Family Matters
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. 2. Cowboys in Montana
  2. pp. 5-16
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  1. 3. The Man from Pike County, MO
  2. pp. 17-30
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  1. 4. Pay Back
  2. pp. 31-35
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  1. 5. Hiding Out and Future Associates
  2. pp. 36-48
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  1. 6. Kid Curry Loses Another Brother
  2. pp. 49-52
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  1. 7. Brave Billy Deane Dies
  2. pp. 53-58
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  1. 8. Belle Fourche Fiasco
  2. pp. 59-66
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  1. 9. Red Lodge and Capture
  2. pp. 67-71
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  1. 10. Deadwood and Escape
  2. pp. 72-77
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  1. 11. Various Endeavors
  2. pp. 78-91
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  1. 12. Train Robbers Syndicate
  2. pp. 92-113
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  1. 13. Finis of the Ketchum Gang
  2. pp. 114-119
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  1. 14. The Law Closes In
  2. pp. 120-133
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  1. 15. Arizona Rampage
  2. pp. 134-142
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  1. 16. Death of the Rustler King
  2. pp. 143-150
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  1. 17. The Tipton Train Robbery
  2. pp. 151-165
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  1. 18. Hiding in Plain Sight
  2. pp. 166-184
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  1. 19. Robbery of the Great Northern
  2. pp. 185-200
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  1. 20. Winters’ End
  2. pp. 201-207
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  1. 21. Caught in the Act
  2. pp. 208-222
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  1. 22. Kid Curry Captured
  2. pp. 223-235
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  1. 23. Reward and Jurisdiction Squabbles
  2. pp. 236-246
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  1. 24. A Violent Affray at Flo’s
  2. pp. 247-256
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  1. 25. “Manny a Vote He Would Lose”
  2. pp. 257-264
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  1. 26. “He’s gone!”
  2. pp. 265-277
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  1. 27. Back in the West
  2. pp. 278-285
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  1. 28. Parachute
  2. pp. 286-296
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  1. 29. Kid Curry in His Grave?
  2. pp. 297-311
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  1. 30. South American “Sightings”
  2. pp. 312-322
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  1. End Notes
  2. pp. 323-409
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 410-421
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 422-440
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