Turtle Soup - "Hole in the Wall Gang"
April 26, 2019 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFeed your mind and your belly with Turtle Soup, featuring a presentation on historic Black Hills figures or events and a bowl of soup provided by Angel’s Catering.
This week, Ray Maple presents, "Tom O'Day and the Hole in the Wall Gang." This Turtle Soup story will be a living history presentation with Maple portraying the bandit.
Hear what the Wyoming frontier was really like in the late 1870s through the eyes of Tom O’Day - entrepreneur, cowboy, and outlaw.
O’Day left his Pennsylvania home at 14 and headed west, soon joining the infamous Hole in the Wall Gang and riding alongside Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. His notoriety was gained from train robberies on the Union Pacific at Wilcox, Wyoming and a failed bank robbery in Belle Fourche, South Dakota.
After getting caught rustling horses that belonged to future governor B.B. Brooks, O’Day ended up in the Wyoming State Penitentiary.
Maple’s performance includes old photographs as well as vivid re-enactments of stories from the Big Horn Basin and central Wyoming.
Maple has portrayed O’Day for the last 15 years. He has been featured in several television series and was a key character in the movie “Big Guns Talk, The Story of the Western,” starring Clint Eastwood.
While he spends his time re-enacting the life of an outlaw, Maple is actually a retired sheriff’s deputy. He grew up in Shoshoni, Wyoming, listening to tales of the Wild West.
Admission for Turtle Soup is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and half-off for members. Call 394-6923 to reserve seats.