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hole in the wall

Hole-in-the-Wall

Hole-in-the-Wall is a remote hideout located in the Big Horn Mountains of Johnson County in northern Wyoming. The site was used in the late 1800s by the Hole in the Wall Gang, a group of cattle rustlers and other outlaws which included among its members Kid Curry, Black Jack Ketchum and Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch gang. Cassidy, the Sundance Kid, and other desperados met at a log cabin in the Hole-in-the-Wall country which has been preserved at the Old Trail Town museum in Cody, Wyoming. The cabin was constructed in 1883 by Alexander Ghent.

The area was remote and secluded, easily defended because of its narrow passes, with it being impossible for lawmen to approach without the outlaws' being aware. From the late 1860s to around 1910, the Pass was used frequently by numerous outlaw gangs. Eventually it faded into history, with gangs using it less frequently. At its height, it featured several cabins that gangs used to lay up during the harsh Wyoming winters, and it had a livery stable, a corral, livestock and supplies, with each gang contributing their fair share.

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