“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Montpelier in Bear Lake County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)

Butch Cassidy Robs the Montpelier Bank

Montpelier Historic Downtown Walking Tour

Butch Cassidy Robs the Montpelier Bank Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2015
1. Butch Cassidy Robs the Montpelier Bank Marker
Captions: (center left Butch Cassidy, Elza Lay, Bob Meeks; (center right) Modern-day marker in front of the old Bank of Montpelier commemorating the spot where Butch Cassidy and his gang actually pulled off the heist in 1896.; (bottom left) Butch Cassidy's Montpelier Heist re-enactment in the early 1900's in front of the building where it actually happened.; This tourist wanted poster is an example of what dogged Butch Cassidy all the days of his life...and beyond. Mock wanted posters are still available throughout them Bear Lake Vally hoping for tourist to find Cassidy, and finally bring him justice. No one has proven once and for all what happened to Cassidy. Whether he dies in Bolivia in a shoot out or returned to live out his days in the USA, it is sure that his infamous legacy lives on in the history of Bear Lake County.; (bottom center) Photo thought to be of Butch Cassidy; Bank of Montpelier as it is today.; (bottom right) Barbershop chair used at Ed Grenfearn's Barbershop from 1917 to 1971 located next to the old Bank of Montpelier building — currently on display at the Rails and Trails Museum in Montpelier.
Inscription. On the hot afternoon of August 23, 1896, Butch Cassidy with two members of his Wild Bunch Gang, Elza Lay and Bob Meeks, robbed The Bank of Montpelier which was originally located in the building across the street from this sign.

The Bank of Montpelier Robbery
as told by a local Bear Lake historian Pat Wilde in his book, "Treasured Tidbits of Time, Volume 1"
After a casual drink or two, they reached the bank just before closing time and tied up their horses at the hitching rack across the street. Cashier G.C. Gray was standing on the steps of the bank talking with a friend. Cassidy and Lay left Meeks to tend the horses as they stepped across the street and suddenly and pushed the surprised banker and his friend into the bank. There they forced the pay teller, A.N. Mackintosh and a girl stenographer up against the wall. Lay leaned across the writing desk and trained guns on the personnel while Cassidy quickly moved around scooping the money into a gunny sac. Mackintosh, with his face to the wall, looked out of the window noticing the third man, Meeks, standing by the horses. He made an accurate mental note of the man just before he was struck across the face by Lay in an attempt to get him to tell where other moneys were located. It was his description that later resulted in the arrest and conviction of Meeks.
Butch Cassidy Robs the Montpelier Bank Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2015
2. Butch Cassidy Robs the Montpelier Bank Marker
Cassidy left the bank first with the money, walked nonchalantly across the street, mounted on his horse and rode slowly away. Meeks moved across the street with the remaining horses and left Lay's horse standing in front of the bank and he rode away. Finally Lay left the bank in haste.
As soon as Lay cleared the bank, pandemonium erupted as the alarm spread. Deputy Fred Cruikshank, first on a bicycle and then on his horse gave chase along with Attorney Bagley. Minutes later, Sheriff Jefferson Davis and a posse chased the robbers up Montpelier Canyon.
For a week the posse followed but gave up the chase near Snyder Basin. No one really knows what happened to the money or for the matter exactly where the men went. After his arrest later, Meeks swore that he never got a penny of the loot......Meeks was the only one ever arrested. Cassidy and Lay were never brought to trial. The amount of loot stolen has often been in dispute with figures ranging between $7,000 to $16,500.
Mackintosh.....stated: The 13th was the cause of it all. He noted it was the 13th day of the month; it occurred after the 13th deposit had been made that day at a sum of $13.00 and occurred and 13 minutes after the hour of 3:00 p.m.
Erected by Greater Bear Lake Valley Chamber of Commerce, Montpelier Gem Community Team, Daughters of Utah Pioneers, The Bear Lake County Historical Society, USDA Rural Development Agency and Utah Power. (Marker Number 5.)
Location. 42° 19.062′ N, 111° 18.483′ W. Marker is in Montpelier, Idaho, in Bear Lake County. Marker is on Washington Street (U.S. 89) near North 9th Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch 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. Bank Robbers (here, next to this marker); Ritter Bros. Drug and the Roxy Theatre (a few steps from this marker); News Examiner (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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montpelier.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 23, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 294 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 23, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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