Harvey Logan, aka “Kid Curry” – The Wildest of the Wild Bunch

Before long, Logan set out to settle the score with the men who had killed his friend, George Curry and headed north. On May 26, Harvey 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 Logan and Ben Kilpatrick heading to Fort Worth, Texas.

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.

Wild Bunch, outlaw gang

Wild Bunch, aka: Hole in the Wall Gang (1896-1901) – Led by Butch Cassidy, the Wild Bunch terrorized the states of Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Utah, and Nevada for five years. Click for prints, downloads and products.

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 died 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 26, 1901, he shot and killed Jim Winters, who had killed his brother John back in 1896.

Logan 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 13, 1901 Logan killed two Knoxville policemen, William Dinwiddle and Roberty Saylor when they tried to apprehend him.

Despite being pursued by Pinkerton agents and other law enforcement officials, Curry returned to Montana.

Curry then traveled back to Knoxville. In a pool hall on November 30, 1902, Curry was captured after a lengthy physical fight with lawmen. He was convicted of robbery because facts in the murder of the two policemen were not definite and no witnesses would testify, and he received a sentence of 20 years of hard labor and a $5,000 fine. On June 27, 1903, Curry escaped. Rumors that a deputy had received an $8,000 bribe to allow his escape spread, but this was never proven.

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, Logan was wounded. However, rather than go to prison, he took his own life. He was 37 years old when he died on June 9, 1904.

During his lifetime, the Harvey Logan was wanted on warrants for fifteen murders, but it was generally said that he had killed more than twice that number, although some historians put the actual number killed at nine. William Pinkerton, head of the Pinkerton Detective Agency, called Logan, a.k.a. 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.”

Logan is buried in Pioneer (Linwood) Cemetery overlooking Glenwood Springs, Colorado, a short distance from fellow gunfighter Doc Holliday’s memorial.

Harvey Logan Annie Rogers

Harvey Logan & Annie Rogers sometime between 1890 and 1894.

© Kathy Weiser/Legends of America, updated November 2018

 

Also See:

Ben Kilpatrick – Train Robber of the West

Pinkerton Detective Agency – For 150 Years

Outlaws of the American West

Outlaws & Scoundrels Photo Print Gallery

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