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Black Bart, the Outlaw Poet:

The black cowboy played a HUGE role in taming the west. They were not looked upon unfavorably, that was left to the Native Americans.

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Charles Earl Bowles (b.1829; d.after 1888), better known as Black Bart, was an English-born American Old West outlaw noted for his poetic messages left after two of his robberies. Also known as Charles Bolton, C.E. Bolton and Black Bart the Po8,[1] he was a gentleman bandit, and one of the most notorious stagecoach robbers to operate in and around Northern California and southern Oregon during the 1870s and 1880s. He had a great reputation for style and sophistication

Charles Boles, one of the most notorious stagecoach robbers during the 1870s and 1880s, completed his last stagecoach robbery, leaving a laundry-marked handkerchief that eventually lead to his capture. Boles was a first generation immigrant, an all-American man who participated in the California Gold Rush, as well the American Civil War. When the war was over, he headed out to Motana for adventure, but subsequently got into debt with Wells, Fargo and Company. Beginning in 1875, Boles began

Though her name (Lotta Crabtree) almost sounds made up, this engaging Victorian woman (and her moniker) were indeed real. She was an American actress, comedian and entertainer who also took part in the California gold rush. #Victorian #19th_century #1800s #photograph #antique #vintage #woman #actress #gold_rush #Lotta_Crabapple

Diana Fletcher was a Black Indian who lived with the Kiowa