Curry’s Last Stand
Life on the lamb took Curry all over the west—Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. On June 7, 1904, Curry and two companions robbed the Denver and Rio Grande train outside of Parachute.
Their getaway plan included rowing a stolen boat across the Grand (now Colorado) River, where they had horses ready for their escape. When the horses tired, they stole fresh mounts from Rolla Gardner’s ranch. The outlaws kept up a fast pace but arrived on foot at the Banta Ranch near Mamm Creek, where they paid for breakfast then stole horses from the barn. They also cut the telephone wires, but Banta was quick to repair them and called his neighbor ranchers. He was able to raise a posse from Grand Junction to New Castle of about 40 men to chase the horse-thieving bandits.
After a two-day pursuit, on June 9, Gardner aimed his sights on Curry. The bullet found its mark and Curry was mortally wounded. As the posse closed in on him, Curry purportedly was heard telling one of his companions, “Don’t wait for me. I’m all in and might as well end it here.” Curry raised his revolver to his temple and pulled the trigger. Though he has a marker, Curry was buried in the Potter’s Field portion of Linwood Cemetery in Glenwood Springs.