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Harry A. Longabaugh, alias the Sundance Kid

Updated November 9, 2000

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Harry Alonzo Longabaugh was born in the spring of 1867 at 122 Jacobs Street, Mont Clare, Pennsylvania. His parents were Josiah and Annie (Place) Longabaugh, and he was the last of five children. His 2 brothers were Elwood and Harvey, and his 2 sisters were Samanna and Emma. Harry was our great, great uncle.

On August 30, 1882, young Harry went west with a cousin George Longenbaugh to homestead in Colorado. However, he soon left and headed north with a cattle drive. On February 27, 1887, he stole a light greay horse from the VVV Ranch near the town of Sundance, Wyoming.

After his arrest and 18 months in jail, he became better known by his alias the Sundance Kid. He joined the Wild Bunch, an outlaw gang led by Robert Leroy Parker, alias Butch Cassidy. However, the Pinkerton Detective Agency and local sheriffs made things a bit hotter than they liked, so on February 20, 1901, Sundance took his wife Ethel and shipped out with Butch to Argentina.

Not much is known about Ethel except she used the name Ethel Place, which resulted when she married Sundance under his alias of Harry Place. She later returned to the States where she disappeared.

Sundance and Butch died on November 6, 1908, in San Vicente, Bolivia, after robbing a silvermine payroll. They committed suicide rather than be captured.

For further information, check out the book Sundance, My Uncle, available through Amazon.com or check out our website at http://ourworld.cs.com/dnpernst/

We have much family genealogy done on the Longabaugh family for anyone who thinks they might be related.

 
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