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Remarkable documents relating to the burial expenses of Butch Cassidy and Joe Walker
Price, Utah, 1898. Various. "On April 21, 1897, Butch Cassidy, Joe Walker, and Elza Lay robbed the payroll of the Pleasant Valley Coal Company at Castle Gate, Utah, just west of Price, Utah. Hearing that Walker had been seen in the area, on May 8, 1898, a posse consisting of Carbon County, Utah, Sheriff C.W. Allred, Pete Anderson, Jack Gentry, Jim Inglefield, Billy McGuire, J.W. Warf, Jack Watson, J. B. Whitmore, and George Whitmore, was formed. Early on the morning of May 13th, mistakenly thinking they had discovered the camp of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the posse shot and killed two men. They recognized one body as Joe Walker. They thought the other was Butch Cassidy.The headline in the Salt Lake Tribune on May 14, 1898 proclaimed “Butch is dead.” A coroner’s inquest ruled that Walker and Cassidy were indeed the two bodies. Sheriff John Ward, of Evanston, Wyoming, who once had Cassidy in his jail for three months, was asked to come and confirm the identity of the second outlaw. He arrived a day after the burial; the bodies were exhumed. The May 17th edition of the Salt Lake Herald headlined “Butch Cassidy is Still Alive,” reporting that Ward had identified the second body as that of Bob Culp, a notorious cattle thief. Photocopy of the article is present. There are reports that Butch Cassidy, hiding under a haystack in a wagon, watched his own funeral on May 15th.(1) County of Carbon letterhead, 8.25” x 11”. “Burrial Exspences of Joe Walker and Butch Cassidy.” Price, Utah, May 14 and 15, 1898. Clear listing of the information, including cost of items purchased (“2 Coffins & Boxes”) and from whom, and names of those paid for “washing 2 bodies … Diging graves … 2 suits under wear … Two Shrouds … halling Coffins … halling Bodies to place of Burial … Diging up Body for identification … Shaving 1 Body…” After it was exhumed, Sheriff Ward identified the body thought to be Butch Cassidy as cattle thief Bob Culp.(2) County of Carbon letterhead, 8.25” x 11”. Price, Utah, 1898. Headed “Expencies.” Five names listed, 2 or 3 days each, at $3 per day. Cost of hiring and feeding horses. (3) Typed Document Signed “P.J. Olsen” as Coroner, 8” x 9.5”. Lightweight carbon signed in ink. Sale of two branded horses for $19.50. Brands drawn in ink."
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