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Fruita in Mesa County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Butch Cassidy

In the Grand Valley

 
 
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By Danny Grills
1. Butch Cassidy Marker
Inscription.  Reportedly, in October 1899 Butch Cassidy and several members of the Wild Bunch, also known as the Hole-in-the-wall Gang, travelled through Grand Valley. From 1889 to 1904 this band of desperadoes thrilled local citizens and terrified many merchants and laymen with their brazen bank, train, and stagecoach robberies in the Western Slope Region of Colorado. George "Butch" Cassidy, the legendary outlaw leader was also known as the " Robin Hood of the West" because of his practice of robbing from the rich and giving it to the poor. To date, his final disposition remains a mystery and a subject of much debate. Did he did in South America or did he return to the United States and live out his remaining years as a law abiding citizen. Although their presence resulted in no criminal activity, reinforced the myth, the legend and lore of the Grand Valley as being part if the Western frontier during the last days of the Wild, wild West. Dedicated as a Chartering Event June 10, 2017 and year of our Order 6022 Robert Leroy Parker Chapter No 1889 E Clampus Vitus
 
Erected 2017 by Robert Leroy Parker Chapter
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By William Fischer, Jr., October 13, 2020
2. Butch Cassidy Marker
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No 1889 E Clampus Vitus.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRailroads & StreetcarsRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical date for this entry is June 10, 2017.
 
Location. 39° 9.216′ N, 108° 44.191′ W. Marker is in Fruita, Colorado, in Mesa County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 70 Frontage Road (Interstate 70). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Welcome Center Park, Fruita CO 81521, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fruita History & Recreation (a few steps from this marker); Dinosaur Diamond (a few steps from this marker); Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Stephen Tyng Mather (approx. 3.6 miles away); John Otto (approx. 3.7 miles away); Climbing Independence (approx. 4.2 miles away); The Shape of Independence (approx. 4.2 miles away); The Grand View (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fruita.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 19, 2017, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. This page has been viewed 385 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on June 20, 2017, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California.   2. submitted on November 11, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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