Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch in Color

Color photo of Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch featuring Front row left to right: Harry A. Longabaugh, alias the Sundance Kid, Ben Kilpatrick, alias the Tall Texan, Robert Leroy Parker, alias Butch Cassidy; standing: Will Carver, alias News Carver, & Harvey Logan, aka Kid Curry; Fort Worth, Texas, 1900.
Colorized photograph of Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch featuring Front row left to right: Harry A. Longabaugh, aka the Sundance Kid, Ben Kilpatrick, aka the Tall Texan, Robert Leroy Parker, aka Butch Cassidy; standing: Will Carver, aka News Carver, & Harvey Logan, aka Kid Curry. Photograph taken in Fort Worth, Texas in 1900. Colorization by Mads Madsen

Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch were a group of around 19 outlaws that operated mostly in Northern Wyoming, United States. The main members were: Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid, the Tall Texan, News Carver, Kid Curry, Elzy Lay, Deaf Charley, Laura Bullion, and Flat-Nose Curry.

The Wild Bunch were some of the most feared gang members of the Era, with their exploits leading to the death of dozens of law enforcement and civilians. They robbed many banks and are believed to be the most successful train robbers in American history.

Colorized photo of Butch Cassidy in 1894.
A 28-year-old Robert Leroy Parker, better known as Butch Cassidy, photograph in 1894. Colorization by Mads Madsen

Only 2 of the 9 main members of Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch survived the outlaw life. Elzy Lay lived to the age of 65 before dying in 1934, and Laura Bullion made it to 85, dying in 1961. All other members, including Butch Cassidy, were all dead before 1912 and no other member died older than the age of 42.

The group are one of the best-known outlaw gangs of the Old West thanks to the hugely popular 1969 film, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; the film is loosely based on their exploits and successful train robbing career, and then their time in Bolivia. It is widely regarded as one of the best Western movies of all time.

Thanks to the expert colorizer, Mads Madsen, we have the fantastic opportunity to view photos of Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch in color. Colorization gives us as a viewer a unique opportunity to see history in a new way.

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