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Montpelier in Bear Lake County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Bank Robbers

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2015
1. Bank Robbers Marker
Inscription. On Aug. 13, 1896, Butch Cassidy and his infamous Wild Bunch of gunmen invaded Montpelier's bank and scooped up more than $16,500 in gold, silver and currency.
Leaving a surprised cashier and his terrified customers, they calmly rode away. A deputy sheriff who borrowed a bicycle to pursue them up Montpelier canyon was quickly outdistanced. Cassidy never was caught, but Bob Meeks was imprisoned until 1912 for helping in Montpelier's great bank robbery.
 
Erected by Idaho Historical Society and Idaho Transportation Department. (Marker Number 446.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Idaho State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 42° 19.066′ N, 111° 18.481′ W. Marker is in Montpelier, Idaho, in Bear Lake County. Marker is on Washington Street near North 9th Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 830 Washington Street, Montpelier ID 83254, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Butch Cassidy Robs the Montpelier Bank (here, next to this marker); Ritter Bros. Drug and the Roxy Theatre (within shouting distance of this marker); News Examiner
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2015
2. Bank Robbers Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Rich Building and Theatre (within shouting distance of this marker); Model T's, Odd Fellows and the News (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Second Bank of Montpelier (about 300 feet away); The Bank and The Burgoyne (about 400 feet away); Downtown Montpelier Historic Walking Tour (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Montpelier.
 
Also see . . .  Butch Cassidy and his Idaho bank heist - Coeur d'Alene Press. Robbing that bank was a casual affair - not like the violent shoot-and-run kind seen in the movies. Butch and the boys planned it well in advance. On the day of the robbery, they rode quietly into town, bided their time buying supplies and enjoying a few drinks until near bank closing time. (Submitted on November 21, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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3. Butch Cassidy
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 182 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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