California's Infamous Stage Robber
WHY NAME A WEB SITE AFTER A BAD GUY?
Why? Well that is a good question. To a lot of people Black Bart was a fictional character right out of a dime novel. However, Black Bart was a real character, a real bad guy, a stage robber. Actually, I discovered that Black Bart was real and fictional. When asked after his capture why he chose the name Black Bart he said it just popped into his mind when he was writing the first poem, probably a memory from reading the dime novel about Black Bart some years before. What we do know for sure is that Black Bart was one of the most successful Wells Fargo stagecoach robbers in California history. He was not the vile villain of the dime novel, but a polite gentlemanly robber who made his demands with a "Please throw down the box" and a double-barreled shotgun
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