On July 3,
1901, the Great Northern Express from St. Paul pulled into Malta, Montana. One of its passengers sat quietly in the back
with his hat pulled over his eyes. He
could not take a chance that someone would recognize him. His face had been appearing on wanted posters since he made the mistake of having a photo taken in Ft. Worth, Texas a few months earlier.
As the train
prepared to leave, another passenger with his hat pulled low stepped
aboard. He also was concerned about
being recognized since he was in that same photo. The first passenger, Butch Cassidy, looked up
and acknowledged his partner, Sundance Kid, with a nod.
meantime, Kid Curry, boarded the train from the water tower above and hid
behind the engineer in the tinder. When
the train began to move, he stepped forward with his gun pulled and instructed
the engineer to keep the train moving until he was ordered to stop. That order came about half way between Malta
and Wagner at the bridge over Exeter Creek.
and Sundance kept the passengers covered, two other members of the Wild Bunch
came out of the brush with getaway horses.
Kid Curry used dynamite to open the safe. Within a few minutes, the Wild Bunch
collected $60,000 and rode off in a cloud of dust. They were headed for the Missouri Breaks on
the Missouri River where Kid Curry had a hideout cabin in Hideaway Coulee. They stayed there a few weeks before going back to Forth Worth.