Thursday, June 21, 2012
Looking for Butch Cassidy
Butch Cassidy's hideout, Robbers Roost, is located in a very hidden spot here in Utah. We were determined to find it.
As you can see, it's located in the middle of nowhere. We headed east from Highway 24 just north of Hanksville.
The roads weren't too bad, except for this huge pile of sand blown across the road. Because of this, you really do need 4-wheel drive.
We had some GPS coordinates, and managed to find the parking area. (N 38d21'36" W 110d22'20")
From here you walk east about 1/2 mile. Our new friends promised to keep an eye on the car, while we searched for all that remains of the old cabin, a stone chimney.
Whoa! That's it!!!
I just couldn't believe we found it! Butch used this spot in the late 1880s to hide his stolen horses. He and the Wild Bunch also used it as a hideout after their bank robberies. Now, let me get a better picture of it...
I need a good foreground - well, how about a gift from one of our new friends?
Me posing with my buddy, Susie the Garmin. (N 38d21'40" W 110d21'57")
We didn't find Butch, but all around the chimney were poems tied to the bushes - some seem to have been written by children. It was a great adventure!