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Before the period of time when train and bank robbers used the The Outlaw Trail, it was used to run stolen cattle north and south from lands controlled by cattle barons.  Since barons in Wyoming and Montana controlled most of the grazing land and claimed the land as their own, small ranchers and homesteaders had to be very creative..  They practiced the old west law of survival that declared one should keep friends close and enemies closer.


A creative cowboy would go to work for the barons, however, while on duty,he would run unbranded stock into the hideouts and put his own brand on it.  If a previously branded cow followed the others to the hideout, some creative branding had to take place.  That practice was called wire branding.  After a nice size herd was collected, they would run it up or down the outlaw trail to markets that were not real picky about brands..


By the time the 1890s rolled around, Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch moved into the hideouts and used the Outlaw Trail to avoid capture after their daring heists.


Click the map on the left for another map with locations where holdups took place and hideouts existed.  The period of time used for this collection is centered around the activities of the gang referred to as the Wild Bunch.  Although Cassidy was considered to be the leader of the Wild Bunch, he did not personally participate in the majority of their activities.


Some believe he acted in the capacity of a president with numerous groups working under his direction, but it is my opinion that those groups all worked independently and he was simply respected by them due to the success of the few robberies he actually participated in.  Of course you are welcome to form your own opinion.


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