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History of Milan Packard, Utah
Taken from the Utah History Encyclopedia (Links Added)
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During the outlaw period of the late 1890s, many of the Robber's Roost outlaws, such as Butch Cassidy, Elsa Lay and others, made Huntington, Utah one of their main "hangouts." They pretended to be cowboys looking for saddle horses and often attended sporting events on the Square and dances in the Social Hall. On April 21, 1897, they robbed Milan's Pleasant Valley Mine payroll of $8,800. at Castle Gate and escaped to the San Rafael country. I do not yet know if it was actually Milan himself that got robbed, and if Butch Cassidy himself actually did the robbing. Some sources say that was the case. Later that same year Milan ended up selling these mines, and for what reason I do not know. Three years later on May 1, 1900, the Scofield mine in this same area was the site of one of the nations worst mine disasters when 202 men lost their lives in a mine fire ignited by coal dust.

Mr. Packard was also the main promoter in establishing the Springville Commercial and Savings Bank in 1891. He became its director until his death. Today this banking chain has grown to cover all of Utah Valley and is known as Central Bank & Trust. It is still operated by some of his descendants.


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