A very rare vintage cabinet card photo of the posse after Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in 1904 is up for grabs on eBay.
According to the seller, the robbery that sparked the posse was committed on June 7, 1904, by an outlaw named Harvey Logan who attempted one of the West's last train robberies in Colorado. Also known as Kid Curry, Logan was a member of Butch Cassidy's notorious "Hole in the Wall" gang. When the westbound Denver & Rio Grande train made its scheduled 1:15 a.m. stop in Parachute on that Tuesday morning, a man scrambled on board. He ordered the engineer at gun point to proceed to Streit Flats. There he was joined by two accomplices. The three outlaws forced the Baggage Master to open the doors of the baggage car and blew open the safe with a charge of dynamite. They were expecting to find a shipment of gold. Historians never established that they actually did. In fact, it is believed by many that the gold had been sent through on a earlier train. After blowing the safe, the outlaws headed directly for the Colorado River. They crossed the river and mounted horses which they had hidden on the south side. The headed for Battlement Mesa, stealing fresh mounts as they went. In the meantime, lawmen from Grand Junction and Parachute, along with several local ranchers, formed a posse to pursue the outlaws. Here are the 16 men with their shotguns and rifles. Back says, Parachute Robbery Posse Rifle, Colorado, June 9th 1904.