by Frank C. McCarthy
Throughout the West a tough breed of outlaws was challenged by an equally tough breed of lawmen. The Outlaw Trail extended north of Fort Benton, Montana, into Canada and south through El Paso into Mexico. It was the “highway” for stolen steer and horse herds.
Here a posse reins up for a wary study of the strange terrain ahead. They are not far from Robbers’ Roost, the maze of canyons Butch Cassidy and the “wild bunch” called their hide-out. It appears a likely place for a canyon ambush. The ominous clouds indicate the posse could be in for double trouble¯both from the outlaws and the threat of flash flood.
Collectors today are rediscovering that there is no other painter of the Old West like the Dean of Action Painting himself, Frank McCarthy. “Dust Stained Posse” seethes with a high sense of drama that nearly leaps off the canvas and this Anniversary Edition Canvas is the perfect example of McCarthy’s trademark style: action, action and more action with a touch of foreboding thrown in for good measure.