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    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.

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"Decoration Day" postcard depicting a woman in mourning clothes at the grave of a Civil War soldier, 1908. Over time, this day of remembrance for the dead would grow into Memorial Day and honor soldiers who have been KIA in all wars, not just the Civil War.

Memorial Day

I like these colors for highlights lowlights

Peter and Eliza Ingalls (Pa's brother and Ma's sister, who were married)

The honorary pallbearers for Wyatt Earp's memorial service.

Wyatt Earp ca 1881

Wyatt Earp

Wyatt Earp in later life.

Wyatt Earp's house.....

Homestead Act of 1862 -- President Lincoln signs the Homestead Act. Thousands of families head to the plains with dreams of building a home, but on the plains there are no trees.

Ed Schieffelin, "Founder of Tombstone", Arizona, 1880s

Old Wagon Wheel Ruts on the Oregon Trail still exist today.

The Oregon Trail

The Oklahoma families moved further west. The first European settler was a trapper from Glasgow, Scotland, who settled near Roche Percee around 1850.

Old West 1850-1865

The Alamo

Fourteen years after Wild Bill Hickok’s death, in 1900, an aging Calamity Jane arranged to be photographed next to his overgrown burial site. Elderly, thin and poor, her clothes were ragged and held together with safety pins. Holding a flower in her hand, she said that when she died she wanted to be buried next to the man she loved. Three years later, she was.

Annie Oakley shooting over her shoulder using a hand mirror

Phoebe Mozee (aka: Annie Oakley). Famed for her marksmanship by 12 years old, she once shot the ashes off of Kaiser Wihelm II's cigarette at his invitation. When she outshot famed exhibition marksman Frank Butler, he fell in love with her and they married. They remained married the rest of their lives.

Mary Fields, aka Stagecoach Mary, put the wild in the Wild West. During the late 1800s, she was reportedly one of the toughest characters in the Northern Rockies of Montana. A crack shot, the 6-foot-2-inch, 200-pound Fields wore a .38 Smith & Wesson strapped under her apron. She drove the U.S. mail route between St. Peter's Mission and the town of Cascade, Mont., for eight years -- by stagecoach -- dressed in a man's hat and coat.

Jesse James, 1869, Nebraska City

Annie Oakley. The lady with not just a gun, but terrific hair too!

Texas Rangers, 1885

Young Jesse James (approx. 16 yrs. of age). Missouri bushwhacker riding with Bloody Bill Anderson.