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Outlaw Wanted Signs

In the Great Movie Ride, you'll take a trip to the Old West, where you may even be held up by a bank robber (depending on which ride vehicle you're in).  Throughout this "sleepy little boig" are a number of posted signs that are part of the story that Imagineers are telling.

As you pass through town, you'll notice on the right many of these signs that advertise rewards for the capture of wanted bank robbers.

Of particular interest are the three wanted signs we see here.  First is Jim, Cole and Bob Younger who are best known in history as members of the James-Younger Gang, who had a gang member not mentoned here named Jesse James.  The gang started up following the end of the American Civil War and for ten years the gang robbed banks, trains, and stage coaches across Missouri, Kansas, and other nearby states.

Next we have a wanted sign for Johnny Ringo who was another outlaw in the old west, namely in in Cochise County, Arizona Territory during 1881-1882.  Ringo is best known for his confrontation with Wyatt Earp and his brothers.

The last group of outlaws are Butch Cassidy amd the Sundance Kid, who were actual outlaws in the Old West although they are best known for the 1969 film starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford of the same name that is loosely based on the real-life outlaws.

All of these wanted signs serve a few story telling purposes.  First, they integrate a bit of real-life history to help "sell" the idea that you're in a town in the wild west.  Second, with so many wanted posted signs for well-known bank robbers in the area, it serves to act as a bit of foreshadowing of what's to come.  And third, the Butch Cassidy amd the Sundance Kid sign are another reference to a classic old west film that Imagineers wanted to pay hommage to.

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