Celebrate! April 14th is Butch Cassidy’s birthday.

Usually, when the 14th of April rolls around I try to do something special to celebrate Butch’s birth. He was born, as Robert Leroy Parker, on April 14, 1866, down I-15 about three hours south of where I live.  His birthplace, the town of Beaver, Utah, happens to lie almost exactly half-way between Salt Lake City (which lies to the north) and Las Vegas (which lies to the south.)

Beaver is not only the birthplace of Utah’s most notorious (and elusive?) native son, was also, on August 19, 1906. the birthplace of Utah’s most famous inventor, Filo T. Farnsworth,  the father of television, radar, etc.  And, Beaver even has another very interesting claim to fame: its has won a number of national and international awards for having the best drinking water!

A few years ago, a group of us affiliated with the not-for-profit organization, Utah Bolivia Partners, Inc. (a Chapter of the international service organization Partners of the America headquartered in Washington, D.C.) cooperated with the Beaver Chamber of Commerce to hold a home town birthday party for Butch. The birthday cake, complete with a horse riding cowboy figurine on top, looked AND tasted great! Occasionally, in the years since that party in Beaver, I’ve gotten together with friends and family to share some birthday cake in Butch’s honor.

But, today, on April 14, 2014, my plan to remember Butch’s birthday doesn’t include having a slice of cake. Instead, I will be dining on sardines and beer. Traditionally, that is the menu for my supper on the 6th of November (instead of the 14th of April.) I do that because sardines and beer was what Butch and Sundance are reported to have had for what turned out to be their last meal. Because their final shoot-out–made famous and overly dramatic by the Hollywood film, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”–in the small, remote Bolivian village of San Vicente, is supposed to have begun in the early evening of November 6, 1808.

 

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New Butch Cassidy & Sundance Kid Sightseeing Guidebook

For the next few days, visitors to this blog will be eligible to download, at a deeply discounted introductory price, my new eBook, Butch & Sundance Sightseeing in Utah & Neighboring States, from the publisher’s webpage, https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/267762/?ref=locolowe . Between now and Jan. 31st, this new eBook can be downloaded for half-price in whatever e-reading format you prefer, using my author’s special 50% discount coupon code (AT75Z) .

This long-awaited guidebook covers almost two dozen places in Utah, plus more than a dozen additional locations spread across Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Nevada, and provides its readers with an overview map as well as detailed site descriptions, historical information, driving directions and GPS coordinates. Enjoy! (And, please give me your feedback on the book’s contents.)


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Now that winter is upon us I am…

Now that Utah’s Indian Summer has come and gone, I am kicking myself for letting the summer and fall go by without my making the trip that I had planned to finally see the remote Hole-in-the-Wall hideout, up in Wyoming, where Butch and Sundance sometimes hid themselves from pursuing lawmen. Sometimes I’m amazed that on horseback, Utah’s most notorious and elusive native son, was able to ride all the way to places I can’t even seem to finding the time to reach by car! (Of course, he was a full-time outlaw, and I’m only a part-time site seer. ) As consolation for missing Hole-in-the-Wall, I am reminding myself that at least I did, once again, get back to the old Territorial Prison, in Laramie, where Butch did time–the only time. That’s, of course, that site lies so close to an exit off l-80 that it takes almost no effort to get there.

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