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THE REAL WILD BUNCH / HOLE-IN-THE-WALL GANG

These photos (besides Sundance Kid) were taken by John Swartz circa 1900…

John Swartz was a photographer in Fort Worth, Texas, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries…

He is notable for taking portraits of Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch gang of outlaws…

Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch was one of the loosely organized outlaw gangs operating out of the Hole-in-the-Wall, near Kaycee in Wyoming, a natural fortress with caves, with a narrow entrance which was constantly guarded…

Sometimes the gang was referred to as the ‘Hole in the Wall Gang’.

This was during the Old West era in the United States…

The gang was led by Butch Cassidy, and it included his closest friend Elzy Lay, the Sundance Kid, Tall Texan, News Carver, Camilla “Deaf Charley” Hanks, Laura Bullion, Flat-Nose Curry, Kid Curry and Bob Meeks…

They were the most successful train-robbing gang in history…