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Near Malta in Phillips County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Early Day Outlaws

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 15, 2019
1. Early Day Outlaws Marker
Inscription.  The old West produced some tolerably lurid gunslingers.
Their hole card was a single-action frontier model .45 Colt, and their long suit was fanning it a split second quicker than similarly inclined gents. This talent sometimes postponed their obsequies quite a while, proving they weren't pushed into taking up rope spinning from a loop end of a lariat by a wearied public. Through choice or force of circumstances these parties sometimes threw in with the "wild bunch" - rough riding, shooting hombres, prone to disregard the customary respect accorded other people's cattle brands.
Kid Curry's stomping ground in the 1880's was the Little Rockies country about forty miles southwest of here. On July 3, 1901, Curry and his partners, Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid, and Deaf Charlie, pulled off a premature Independence Day celebration by holding up the Great Northern Railway's No. 3 passenger train and blowing up the express car safe near this point. Montana's most famous train robbery netted the crooks a bag of gold coins and $40,000 in unsigned and worthless banknotes. Soon after, Curry and his gang departed Montana.
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 15, 2019
2. Early Day Outlaws Marker
Montana Department of Transportation.
 
Location. 48° 22.662′ N, 108° 4.302′ W. Marker is near Malta, Montana, in Phillips County. Marker is on U.S. 2 at milepost 467 near North Wagner Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Malta MT 59538, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Also see . . .  Harvey Logan -- Wikipedia. Harvey Alexander Logan (1867 – June 17, 1904), also known as Kid Curry, was an American outlaw and gunman who rode with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid's infamous Wild Bunch gang during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Despite being less well-known than his fellow gang members, he has since been referred to as "the wildest of the Wild Bunch",... He was involved in numerous shootouts with police and civilians and participated in several bank and train robberies with various gangs during his outlaw days. (Submitted on November 23, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
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The Wild Bunch, Harvey 'Kid Curry" Logan is at back right. image. Click for full size.
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3. The Wild Bunch, Harvey 'Kid Curry" Logan is at back right.
The dynamited Great Northern express car robbed July 3, 1901 image. Click for full size.
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4. The dynamited Great Northern express car robbed July 3, 1901
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 23, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 43 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 23, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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