"Butch Cassidy: My Uncle" Presentation Friday, Nov. 30 @ 7pm, White Mountain Library
Posted on November 24, 2012 by White Mountain Library
Butch Cassidy, the famous outlaw in the late 1800’s, spent a lot of time in Rock Springs, WY. His great nephew has written a book about his uncle that puts together old and new research about his life and the mystery surrounding the shoot out in Bolivia and his return to the United States. The notorious bank robber and train robber, it was said, was well liked by many of the townsfolk where he stopped after robberies in Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado. The legend and the myth of Butch Cassidy has grown to this day. Please join the White Mountain Library on Friday, November 30 at 7 p.m. for a reading and book signing with the author Bill Betenson “Butch Cassidy, My Uncle.”
Betenson’s interest began when he was four years old and attended the private screening of the Paul Newman/Robert Redford movie, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” with his great grandmother, Lula Betenson. Ms. Betenson was a younger sister to the outlaw whose actual name was Robert LeRoy Parker. The grandmother also wrote a book, “Butch Cassidy, My Brother” of which two copies are available at the Rock Springs Library.
Betenson has spent 22 years researching information on his famous uncle. He traveled to Argentina and found the ranch Cassidy once owned. He spoke to neighbors whose father’s passed on accounts of the outlaw’s life in South America. The nephew offers up new information about his uncle’s life and death. He has been traveling across the region giving book talks and book signings. He was at Western Wyoming College in October. This is the public’s chance to hear about our local towns most infamous citizen and leader of “The Wild Bunch” consisting of Parker, Harry A. Longabaugh, Harvey Logan (alias Kid Curry), Ben Kilpatrick and William Carver.
Many of the places that the gang hid out after a robbery are legendary and close: Hole in the Wall (NW Wyoming), Robbers Roost (SE Utah), Browns Park (NW Utah) and Currant Creek Ranch (40 miles south of Rock Springs). Please join us to hear about our local historical outlaw.
The program is sponsored by the Sweetwater County Library System. For more information about Library System sponsored events, resources, and services, stop into your local library, or go to www.sweetwaterlibraries.com or www.facebook.com/sweetlibraries.