Butch Cassidy has a new man on his trail. The explorer-adventurer Josh Gates sets out after the legend of the famous outlaw in one episode of an all-new season of Expedition Unknown. Hosted on the Travel Channel, the series investigates mysteries around the world and this fourth season of the show focuses on “icons”.

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Butch Cassidy (real name Robert Leroy Parker) led the famous Western outlaw gang, The Wild Bunch, at the close of the 19th century. With their success against such corporate targets as trains, banks and mining companies, law enforcement prioritized their capture and ever-developing technology extended their reach. Recognizing this, Cassidy and gang member, The Sundance Kid (real name Harry Longabaugh), along with Sundance’s girlfriend, Etta Place, fled the West for South America in 1901.

The current consensus is that following several years of peaceable ranching, Cassidy and Sundance returned to the outlaw life and were killed in shoot-out with Bolivian soldiers on November 7th, 1908, at ages 42 and 41, respectively. However, numerous anecdotal stories have claimed that perhaps at least Cassidy did not die in South America and may have even returned to the United States. In an interesting historical footnote, the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, which chased Butch Cassidy across the American West, never officially closed their file on Cassidy or The Sundance Kid.

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The Sundance Kid (L) & Butch Cassidy (R)    Image – time.com

The first episode of the new season of Expedition Unknown debuts December 27th at 9pm/8c on the Travel Channel. The Butch Cassidy episode premieres on Wednesday, January 24th, 2018.For more information on the series see the official link at EXPEDITION UNKNOWN. Visit the railswestern.com listing at BUTCH CASSIDY for further background on the outlaws so famously played by Paul Newman and Robert Redford on the big screen, as shown in this scene from their iconic 1969 film:

(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)

 

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