Growing up in Malta and working around Zortman, Montana as a young man, I heard the stories of the Great Northern train robbery of 1901 many times. Apparently my grandmother, Maggie Pellitier was 12 at the time the train was robbed. She had known Kid Curry and members of his gang because they stopped at her family home in Zortman. One gang member always had candy for the kids and that man was Butch Cassidy.
In the badlands of the Missouri River, south of Zortman, there is a remote spot called The Hide-a-way, which offered rough accommodations. A few cowboys who worked at the Phillips Ranch new about this place but no one offered to show me the exact location. I rode many miles in that country but never came across it. The story goes that after Kid Curry robbed the train at Malta, Montana the first stop he made was at the Coburn Ranch to change horses. The second stop was the Hide-a-way. Next up would be the Hole in the Wall, Wyoming.
I made this sculpture because to me it depicts someone on the run and headed for the Hide-a-way. I like to read the stories of Walt Colburn, Will James, Frank Dobie and C.M. Russell. They give me inspiration.