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Telluride in San Miguel County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)

San Miguel Valley Bank Robbery

June 24th 1889


Telluride, Colorado

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By Frank Gunshow Sanchez, June 9, 2018
1. San Miguel Valley Bank Robbery Marker
Inscription.  Newspapers in 1889 reported this robbery to be the most brazen and daring bank robbery in the history of Colorado. It was the first robbery by two legends of the wild west. Matt Warner ( Willard Erastus Christiansen) would later pay his debt to society. He was pardoned in 1900, changed his ways and became a respected lawman. Butch Cassidy (Robert Leroy Parker) would become the Robin Hood of the west and leader of the famed Wild Bunch. He fled to South America with Harry Longabaugh in 1905 and his fate is forever shrouded with mystery.

This robbery marks the point where these late 19th century cowboys crossed the line between being cowmen and rustlers and became some of the most wanted outlaws of their time. Both men took this route down the valley numerous times to get to southeastern Utah where Matt Warner was from, but after the robbery they headed over Lizard Head pass to hold up on Mancos Mountain and eventually made their way to the Robber's Roost area in eastern Utah.

Matt Warner and Butch Cassidy are now the namesakes of chapters of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus, dedicated to the preservation of western history and protectors of widders and orphans.
Erected 2018 by Matt Warner Chapter 1900 and Robert Leroy Parker Chapter 1889 E Clampus Vitus in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 37° 56.924′ N, 107° 52.9′ W. Marker is in Telluride, Colorado, in San Miguel County. Marker is on State Highway 145, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Telluride CO 81435, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 28, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 28, 2018, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. This page has been viewed 107 times since then and 38 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on June 28, 2018, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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