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Harvey Logan, aka "Kid Curry"

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A few months later, in June, Harvey and his gang robbed a bank in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. Fellow bandit, Tom O'Day was captured when his horse spooked and ran away. The others escaped but were soon caught up with in Fergus County, Montana. During the inevitable shootout, Logan was shot through the wrist and he was captured. Also apprehended were Walt Putnam and George Curry. The bandits were jailed in Deadwood, South Dakota but soon escaped on October 31, 1897.

 

On July 14, 1898, Logan joined the Sundance Kid and "Flat Nose" George Curry in the robbery of a Southern Pacific shortly after it pulled out of the Humboldt House train station in Humboldt, Nevada. Much to their disappointment; however, they only made off with about $450 before getting away.

 

 

Harry Longabaugh, the Sundance Kid

Harry Longabaugh was better known as the Sundance Kid.

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On June 2, 1899, the Wild Bunch robbed a Union Pacific Railroad overland flyer near Wilcox, Wyoming. Aggressively pursued, a gunfight erupted between the trailing posse and the robbers, and Sheriff Joe Hazen was killed. The gang escaped to the Hole-in-the-Wall hideout on the Colorado/Utah border. Pinkerton detective, Charles Siringo was tasked with bringing in the outlaw gang.

Logan later went to New Mexico, along with Butch Cassidy and several others. On July 11, 1899, Harvey, along with Elza Lay and Sam Ketchum, robbed a train near Folsom, New Mexico. A posse led by Sheriff Ed Farr cornered the gang near an area called Turkey Creek, which resulted in a gun battle that wounded both Elza Lay and Sam Ketchum. Sheriff Ed Farr was killed and his deputy, Henry Love was also wounded. Later, Sam Ketchum and Deputy Love would die from their wounds. Kid Curry and Butch Cassidy were able to escape.

Harvey fled to San Antonio, where he holed up in Fannie Porter’s Brothel. There he met Della Moore, better known as Annie Rogers. The two began an affair that would last over the next several years.

On February 28, 1900, when lawmen attempted to arrest Lonnie Curry, while he was visiting his aunt in Dodson, Missouri, the outlaw was killed in a gunfight. Obviously, Harvey was angry and was even more upset when just two months later, his friend "Flat Nose" George Curry also died at the hands of the law. On April 17th, after Curry had been rustling cattle near Moab, Utah, he was chased down by Sheriff Jesse M. Tyler and Curry was shot and killed.

In March, Harvey and Will Carver were recognized in St. Johns, Arizona when Harvey was passing notes suspected of being from the Wilcox Robbery. Local Sheriff Edward Beeler went after the pair. When Deputies Andrew Gibbons and Frank LeSeuer caught up with the pair on March 28th, the outlaws shot them dead.

On the run, Harvey and Will Carver made their way towards Alma, New Mexico, where fellow Wild Bunch members Butch Cassidy and Elza Lay were working on the WS Ranch. Along the way, Sheriff George Scarborough and cattleman, Walter Birchfield began to follow their trail. But, the "Kid” was too smart for them. Discovering they were being followed, he and Carver ambushed the pair on April 5th, wounding Birchfield and killing Scarborough.

 

 

Before long, Harvey set out to settle the score with the men who had killed his friend, George Curry and headed north. On May 26, Kid Curry rode into Moab, Utah and killed Grand County Sheriff John Tyler and his deputy, Sam Jenkins.

 

Harvey then rejoined the Wild Bunch, and on August 29, 1900, the gang robbed a train near Tipton, Wyoming, taking with them some $55,000. Afterwards, the gang split up with Kid Curry and Ben Kilpatrick heading to Fort Worth, Texas.

 

Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch

Seated: Harry A. Longabaugh, alias the Sundance Kid,

Ben "The Tall Texan" Kilpatrick, Robert Leroy Parker, alias Butch Cassidy. Standing: Will Carver & Harvey Logan, alias Kid Curry; Photo taken in Fort Worth, Texas, 1901.

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Meanwhile Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid, and Will Carver, robbed the First National Bank in Winnemucca, Nevada on September 19th, making off with about $2,000.

The following year, several members of the Wild Bunch met up the Hell’s Half Acre area of Fort Worth, Texas for a celebration. While there, Harvey Logan, Will Carver, Butch Cassidy, Ben Kilpatrick and the Sundance Kid made the mistake of posing for a portrait. When the Pinkertons learned of the photograph, it was soon found on hundreds of wanted posters across the nation.

 

In April, 1901, William Carver was ambushed by Sheriff Elijah Briant and his deputies at Sonora, Texas and was shot. He from his wounds three hours later.

 


Harvey and several other Wild Bunch members returned north and the gang robbed a Union Pacific train near Wagner, Montana on July 3, 1901. This time, they "hit the big-time,” making off with an estimated $40,000.  

The gang split up, going the various directions, but Harvey was not yet done with his revenge. On July 26th, he shot and killed Jim Winters, who had killed his brother John back in 1896.

He then headed to Tennessee, where in October, his girl friend, Annie Rogers, was arrested in Nashville for passing notes from the Montana robbery. On December 12th, Ben Kilpatrick and his girlfriend, Laura Bullion were captured in Knoxville, Tennessee. The very next day, Kid Curry killed a Knoxville policeman when they tried to apprehend him, but was captured two days later. Convicted of multiple charges, including forging stolen bank notes, he was sentenced to prison. His girlfriend, Annie Rogers was also spending time in jail, until she was acquitted on June 18, 1902.

On June 27, 1903, Kid Curry escaped from jail and a year later, he participated in robbing the Denver & Rio Grande train near Parachute, Colorado on June 7, 1904. Two days later, a posse caught up with the outlaws and in the confrontation, Harvey was wounded. However, rather than go to prison, he took his own life. He was 37 years old.

During his lifetime, the Kid was wanted on warrants for fifteen murders, but it was generally known that he had killed more than twice that number. William Pinkerton, head of the Pinkerton Detective Agency, called Kid Curry the most vicious outlaw in America. "He has not one single redeeming feature," Pinkerton wrote. "He is the only criminal I know of who does not have one single good point."

 

Harvey Logan Dead

Alleged picture of Harvey Logan upon his death.

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© Kathy Weiser/Legends of America, updated December, 2012.

 

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