He has not one single redeeming feature, he is the only criminal I know of who does not have one single good point.”
– William Pinkerton
Better known as “Kid Curry,” Harvey Alexander Logan, an orphaned cowboy originally from Iowa, would grow up to be a rustler, gunman, bank and train robber, and known to be one of the “wildest” of Butch Cassidy’s outlaw gang, the Wild Bunch.
Born in 1867 in Tama County, Iowa to William A. and Eliza J. Logan, Harvey was the third of six children. When his father died, his mother moved the family to Dodson, Missouri, a small town just outside Kansas City.
Unfortunately for the children, it wasn’t long before their mother also died in 1876. They then lived with their aunt and uncle, Lizzie and Hiram Lee. Not long after, Harvey moved with three of his brothers to Texas, where the young man first made his living breaking horses at the “Cross L Ranch” near Big Spring.
Somewhere along the line, he befriended a man named “Flat Nose” George Curry, from whom he took his new last name. His brothers soon adopted the same last name.
In 1883, at the age of 16, Logan rode with a cattle drive to Pueblo, Colorado where he was involved in a saloon brawl. To avoid the law, he headed to southern Wyoming. The next year, Harvey, along with brothers Johnnie and Lonnie were homesteading a horse ranch in Chouteau County, Montana just south of the Landusky Mining Camp.
On October 2, 1894, Harvey and Johnnie Logan, along with their brother-in-law, Lee Self, got into an altercation with a neighbor named James Ross. As a result of the confrontation, Harvey found himself charged with assault with a deadly weapon. It was just the first of many incidents that would drive Logan into a life of outlawry.
The next incident occurred when local miner Powell “Pike” Landusky attacked Harvey, believing that he was romantically involved with his daughter. When Logan got the better of Landusky, the miner filed assault charges against him and was arrested and beaten. Though a judge released him at the inquest, indicating the assault appeared to be self-defense, a formal trial date was set on the charges. When Harvey ran into Landusky in a local saloon, the two got into a dispute that quickly escalated into a fist fight. However, when Logan began to walk away, Landusky pulled a gun and threatened the unarmed bad boy. His brothers quickly provided him with a pistol and when the ultimate gunfight erupted, Landusky’s gun jammed and Harvey shot him in the head.
Sure that he would never get a fair trial for the killing, Logan fled. Later, Landusky’s daughter would announce that she was pregnant, but with Harvey’s brother Lonnie’s child, rather than his.
Harvey returned to Montana when he received word that a friend of Landusky’s, a rancher named James Winters, had been trying to get the reward on his head. In January, 1896, Harvey, along with brothers, Johnnie and Lonnie, confronted Winters at his ranch. When a shoot-out erupted, Johnnie was killed.
Harvey and Lonnie then returned to New Mexico, joining up with Black Jack Ketchum’s gang once again. However, when the brothers argued with Thomas “Black Jack” Ketchum over the take in a train robbery, the pair left the gang.
The brothers then headed to Colorado where they worked on a ranch near Sand Gulch. Before long; however, Harvey started another gang that included brother, Lonnie, Walt Putman, Tom O’Day and his old friend, George Curry. In April, 1897, Harvey was involved in the killing of Deputy Sheriff William Deane of Powder River, Wyoming, when he and his gang were rustling horses.
A few months later, in June, Harvey Logan 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 escaped on October 31, 1897.
On July 14, 1898, Logan joined 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.
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. Logan and Butch Cassidy were able to escape.
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.