All the World's a Stage... Let's Rob It!
The notorious, feared desperado Black Bart, rumored to be from the Dakota’s, turned out to be something else altogether when he was finally caught after robbing twenty-eight Wells Fargo stagecoaches…. alone… on foot… using an unloaded shotgun.
Charles Boles robbed stages from California’s gold country up to southern Oregon before being caught and sentenced to prison when he was fifty-four years old. A quiet, unassuming man from Illinois, Boles managed to elude his captors for eight years posing a an older prospector while on the road and as Charles Bolton, wealthy mining engineer and speculator when living it up in San Francisco.
His exploits make him one of the most unusual highwaymen of the 19th century.