California's Infamous Stage Robber
Black Bart was one of the most unusual stagecoach
robbers in American history. There is no record of Bart every firing a
shot in any of his robberies. Bart, however, was not so lucky. During
one robbery a bullet shot at him grazed his head and left a scar. In
his final robbery he was shot in the hand. When Bart was arrested he
was using the name Charles E. Bolton, the name under which he had been
living for years in San Francisco. When he was booked, he gave his name
as T. Z. Spalding. However, Bart's real name was Charles E. Boles.
Bart was tried, convicted and sentenced to San Quentin prison. He served his
time, was released early, then disappeared without a trace. Is that the
end of the story? Not a chance! The story of Black Bart is
unique and interesting.
The information presented here is from many different sources. While many of the accounts of Black Bart's exploits are slightly different in content, they all state many of the same basic facts. We tried to use as many facts as we felt were reputable. However, this is not the definitive story of Black Bart.
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