Near Panguitch in Garfield County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Legend of the Wild West
Outlaw or Hero?
"My father, he carried the mail, and he always stopped and had dinner at a certain place [in Red Canyon]. While he was having dinner, old Butch Cassidy came to his camp. He told about these fellows following him. He got up on this ledge, and when they got pretty close, he shot right between them. Well, those old fellows spurred their horses...and went back. Butch started to eat, then he would just keel over laughing..." -Thomas Richards, Tropic resident, Southern Utah Oral History Project.
This remote and rugged country has attracted many characters, but none so legendary as Butch Cassidy. Born Robert Leroy Parker in Beaver, Utah, Cassidy was the oldest of 13 childen of Mormon immigrants. While still in his teens, Cassidy took up cattle rustling, then armed robbery. In the 1890s, he formed a gang, The Wild Bunch, which included Harry Longabaugh, better known as The Sundance Kid. Though an outlaw for much of his life, Cassidy's charisma and reputation as a champion of the common man have built his heroic stature in American folklore.
Fact or Fiction
Truth mingles with fiction
In Cassidy Country
Butch Cassidy's legend lives on in Red Canyon. Walk, bike, and horseback ride on the 9-mile Cassidy Trail (½-mile west of here on Highway 12), believed to have been used by the outlaw. Also, if your travels take you north on Highway 89 toward Circleville, you can see the cabin where Cassidy was raised. Stop at the Red Canyon Visitor Center for more information about exploring Cassidy Country.
Erected by Scenic Byway 12 and Dixie National Forest.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1908.
Location. 37° 44.412′ N, 112° 17.762′ W. Marker is near Panguitch, Utah, in Garfield County. Marker is on Utah Route 12, on the left when traveling east. Marker is in Dixie National Forest's Red Canyon. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Panguitch UT 84759, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as Red Canyon Tunnels (approx. 0.2 miles away); Podunk Guard Station (approx. 1.3 miles away); Bryce Airport (approx. 7˝ miles away); A Little Panguitch History (approx. 9.3 miles away); The Panguitch Quilt Walk (approx. 9.4 miles away); Panguitch Fort (approx. 9.4 miles away); Panguitch Stake Tabernacle (approx. 9.4 miles away); Panguitch Tithing Lot (approx. 9.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Panguitch.
Also see . . .
1. Butch Cassidy. (Submitted on February 26, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Dixie National Forest. (Submitted on February 26, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Red Canyon Activities. (Submitted on February 26, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 26, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,444 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 26, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 3. submitted on June 24, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 26, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 7. submitted on April 16, 2012, by Doug Lowe of Fountain Green, Utah.