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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 the poetic messages he left behind after two of his robberies. Called Charley by his friends, he was also known as Charles Bolton, C.E. Bolton and Black Bart the Poet. Considered a gentleman bandit, he was one of the most notorious stagecoach robbers to operate in and around Northern California and southern Oregon during the 1870s and 1880s.

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

Black Bart (poet outlaw) made his living as one of the most unusual stagecoach robbers in American history. He often left notes of poetry behind in the strongboxes he looted.

Charles Earl Bolles (1829–Disappeared 1888?), alias Black Bart, was an American Old West outlaw noted for his poetic messages left after each robbery. A gentleman bandit, Black Bart was one of the most notorious stagecoach robbers to operate in and around Northern California and southern Oregon during the 1870s and 1880s. The fame he received for his numerous daring thefts is rivaled only by his reputation for style and sophistication.

Cute Cowboy - approx. 1890, Northern Cali. How weird that his pic is now on Pinterest!

Olive Oatman was "the first white tattooed woman in the history of the United States..." ~ Olive Oatman was 13 when she travelled from Illinois to California with her Mormon family. On the journey, the family were ambushed by a Native American tribe, who killed all but Olive, her Sister (who lated died of starvation) and her Brother (who escaped). After being sold to another tribe, as a slave, she was tattooed (tattoo) and taken in as "one of their own". She was 'rescued' 5 years later.

One of the 49'ers of the 1849 California gold rush.

Farm Family, c.1900 - From the central valley California

Levi Strauss became famous during the Gold Rush in California