Raiding the Wild Bunch A Wyoming sheriff took the fight to the gang.

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L.G. Davis.

L.G. Davis was the sheriff of Carbon County, WY.  The Wild Bunch had been on a crime spree in the region but other lawmen refused to go raid their hideouts.  Davis decided to do so, targeting the outlaw refuge in Powder Springs in September 1897.

The posse thought they’d have the advantage of surprise—but somebody tipped off Butch Cassidy and company, and they left before the lawmen got there.  There was talk of another raid on the area, but the Spanish-American War broke out seven months later. Many potential posse members joined the army.

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Mark Boardman

Mark Boardman is the features editor for True West Magazine as well as the editor of The Tombstone Epitaph. He also serves as pastor for Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in Indiana.