Michelle Franson History 1301.

50015 November 18, 2010 Sundance Square and Its History Have you ever been to the beautiful area located Downtown Fort Worth called Sundance Square? If you're looking for entertainment this is the place for you! Sundance Square offers a touch of excitement for all ages, including; restaurants, theatres, art galleries, museums, and even the well-known Bass Hall. Many people love this area so much they live in one of the many residential areas available downtown. Most people have been down to visit Sundance Square or have at least heard about it, but do you know the true history behind this area? It all started sometime between 1889 and 1901 with an American bank robber named Robert Leroy Parker, also known as Butch Cassidy. Cassidy was a well-known outlaw who in his day robbed five trains, three banks, and one mine payroll for a total of $200,000 (worth about $2.5 million today). The Wild Bunch was the name of Cassidy's gang. It consisted of Kid Curry, Tom "Black Jack" Ketchum, and Harry Longbaugh, better known as "The Sundance Kid". In 1901 they dressed up in their Sunday best and met up in Fort Worth where they decided to have their picture taken. The photographers did not recognize who the men were and were very proud of the picture they had taken, which they ended up hanging in the front studio window. It wasn't until awhile after a Wells Fargo agent passed by and recognized one of the men in the photo. By the time the police issued a wanted poster the gang had already fled the area. Sundance Square in Fort Worth was named for the Sundance kid who, along with his partner Butch Cassidy, was a frequent visitor to the area.

Butch Cassidy (right seated), the Sundance Kid (left seated) and the rest of The Wild Bunch in Fort Worth, 1901

Butch Cassidy in 1893

Works Cited North Texas Tourism Ambassadors. "Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid." Our Famous Outlaws. Vol. 01. N.p.: n.p., 2010. 47-48. 02 vols. Print.

Lamar, Howard R. "Butch Cassidy: American Bank Robber and Outlaw." The Western Online. Ed. Matthew Pizzolato. N.p., 4 Sept. 2009. Google. Web. 20 Nov. 2010. <http://www.thewesternonline.com/butchcassidy.html>.

Buck, Daniel, and Anne Meadows. "Running down a legend." Americas [English Edition] Nov.-Dec. 1990: 21+. Gale World History In Context. Web. 20 Nov. 2010.

Citation for Pictures First picture was found at www.thewesternonline.com Second picture was found at www.video.tvguide.com

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