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Butch Cassidy’s mugshot in 1894 at 28-years-young; Photo: N/A


The last of the Wild West outlaws, Butch Cassidy, was born on this day in 1866, capturing a piece of the American Dream with a lifetime of robberies and crime-sprees with his crew the Wild Bunch and right-hand man Harry Longbaugh, a.k.a. the “Sundance Kid,” the latter pair of which would be immortalized in the Academy-sweeping 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Latching on to that romantic lens of misfit living with a proper heart intact, the pair have become something forever American. My Morning Jacket wrote a star-gazing acoustic howler about it once, frontman Jim James expressing the same sentiment:

Butch Cassidy, I could’ve been your friend,
And rode with you and the Sundance Kid
We’d laugh awhile and we’d smile a bit
‘Cause crimes like ours aren’t counterfeit