(Riverton, Wyo.) – The Wind River Hotel and Casino invites you to a book signing and presentation by Bill Betenson, author of Butch Cassidy, My Uncle: A Family Portrait on August 29 at 4 p.m. in the hotel lobby.
Betenson will talk about the infamous Tipton Train Robbery that occurred on August 29, 1900 in Tipton, Wyo. This event is considered one of the great robberies that made Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch famous in the old west.
Betenson wrote a detailed account of the life and times of his great-uncle Robert Leroy Parker aka Butch Cassidy. Betenson became interested in the notorious train and bank robber after attending a private screening of the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. His great-grandmother Lula Betenson wrote Butch Cassidy, My Brother in 1976 and highlighted the controversy surrounding her brother’s death.
Growing up, hearing detailed stories about Butch Cassidy and his adventures, Betenson spent over two decades researching his famous great-uncle by accessing family documents, traveling to Argentina and conducting extensive interviews.
With a rich history in Wyoming, Butch Cassidy earned his famous nickname while visiting Rock Springs. Betenson will discuss these various connections to Wyoming and will be open for a Q&A. Books will be available for purchase in the hotel gift shop.
In the Northern Arapaho Experience Cultural Room, a meet and greet with Northern Arapaho Artist Eugene Ridgely Jr., will also begin at 5 p.m. For the month of September, Ridgely’s art work will be on display in the cultural room. Ridgley has been an artist for over 30 years and calls his paintings and drawings Contemporary American Indian Art.