Since the January 2013 launch of Christian Fiction Historical Society, now Heroes, Heroines and History, several writers have posted about robbers, thieves, and outlaws.
Most recently, Nancy J. Farrier blogged about "Billy the Kid" — http://www.hhhistory.com/2015/07/billy-kid-and-giveaway.html
Ramona K. Cecil wrote about the "First Train Robbery & The Reno Gang" — http://www.hhhistory.com/2013/09/worlds-first-train-robbery-reno-gang-by.html
It was fascinating reading about the people, but I wondered where they went after the shoot 'em-up, bang, bang was over.
What's the first old West hideout that comes to your mind?
One of the best-known is Robbers Roost in southwest Utah. This hideout was home to Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch. There were only five women known to have been allowed inside Robbers Roost: Laura Bullion, Maude Davis, Etta Place, Ann Bassett, and Josie Bassett.
|Upper Robbers Roost Canyon, aerial photo by Doc Searls|
|Robbers Roost Plat Map|
Did you name Hole-in-the-Wall? Surrounded by imposing rock formations, there are few entrances to this remote pass in the Big Horn Mountains of Johnson County, Wyoming.
|Hole in the Wall, Wyoming|
|The Hole in the Wall is actually a pass|
I'm a fan of Brown's Hole, now known as Brown's Park, located in Colorado on the border with Utah. It's also an isolated mountain valley along the Green River in Moffat County, Colorado and Daggett County, Utah.
|Entrance to Brown's Hole|
Initially considered a favorite wintering place for Shoshoni and Ute tribes, it became a frequented by fur trappers and mountain men including Kit Carson, Jim Bridger, Joe Meeks, and Jack Robinson.
By the 1860's Brown's Hole became a haven for outlaws, horse thieves, and cattle rustlers. It's interesting to note that the Brown's Hole code of ethics allowed for most "outlaw deed" except murder.
Ann Swinger wrote in her book Run, River, Run: A Naturalist's Journey Down One of the Great Rivers of the West (New York, 1975, p. 141), that Brown's Hole was "a more or less permanent hideout for many who found total honesty a personal encumbrance."
Part of the charm of this area is little has changed from those wild west frontier days. However, I'm confident you'll see more fishing rods than six guns should you have the opportunity to visit Brown's Hole.
If you were a desperado, where would you hide?
Does your state have any famous outlaw hideouts?
|Linda (Lin) Farmer Harris|
I live in Colorado also (Denver), and I didn't know about any of these hideouts! I guess I wouldn't make a good desperado! I was always amazed at the number of canyons in Utah. If you drive along that stretch of road on I-70, there's nothing out there-- except canyons. Very desolate.ReplyDelete
Hi Donna, thanks for stopping by. Colorado has some places that if you took two steps in the wrong direction you'd be invisible to anyone searching for you. Desolate is an apt description.ReplyDelete
I had heard about Hole in the Wall hideout but not seen it. I live in CA and there must be some here but I don't know them. Maybe in Death Valley NP or Eastern San Diego County along one of the Pioneer trails. sm wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)comReplyDelete
Hi Sharon, thanks for reminding me of Death Valley. I'll have to research that area and see if they have any desperado hideouts.ReplyDelete
My favorite hideout is Fens Hollow.ReplyDelete
Hey, my favorite outlaw, so good to see you cruising HH&H. Fens Hollow is a great hideout. Colorado is terrific, too.ReplyDelete