Date of this Version
Great Plains Quarterly 33:3 (Summer 2013)
Hollywood depictions of Harvey Alexander Logan (1867–1904), better known as “Kid Curry,” portray the outlaw as a dull-witted follower. Mark T. Smokov’s biography of Logan presents him instead as a crafty criminal with above-average intelligence. Smokov argues that Logan’s planning and executing three successful train robberies testifies to Kid Curry’s leadership and cunning.
He Rode with Butch and Sundance is Smokov’s first entry in the University of North Texas Press’s A. C. Greene Series. Logan’s career stretches the geographic boundaries of the series, as most of the books concentrate on crimes in Texas and the Southwest. Logan committed most of his robberies and frequently found hiding places in the northern Great Plains and Rocky Mountains. The book complements the second edition of Jeffrey Burton’s The Deadliest Outlaws: The Ketchum Gang and the Wild Bunch, released in July 2012 as part of the same series.