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Wells Fargo & the Mystery of Black Bart

Saturday, November 10th, 2012 | Posted by

If Black Bart had ever needed a resume, it might have look something like this one developed by Cloverdale’s Management Connections for a special event several years ago.

“Wells Fargo & the Mystery of Black Bart” will be presented by the Cloverdale Historical Society on Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 N. Cloverdale Blvd.

Black Bart, who also went by the names Charles Earl Bowles and Charles Bolton, was an Old West outlaw noted for the poetic messages he left after two of his robberies.

Between July 1875 and November 1883, he held up more than two dozen stagecoaches,  including one on the Ukiah to Cloverdale route and two on the Lakeport to Cloverdale route.

Discover the clue that finally led to his capture and subsequent four year incarceration at San Quentin. Upon his release, he left the area and was never heard from again.

Guest Speakers will include Marianne Babel, V.P., Historian Wells Fargo Bank, San Francisco and Chris Berry, Historian and Researcher for the Cloverdale Historical Society.

A $5 donation is requested. Reception to follow, featuring music by Ernie Hunt & his Cowboy Trio.

For more information, call 894-5653.



  • http://Facebook BradPipal

    How much money and gold did he accumulate in the stage coach robberies of tired horses on a grade?
    Did he bury gold and silver stolen during the heists?
    Was he an “expert shot with a rifle?”
    Or a very smart highway bandit whom used physics for his heists.

    • Mary Jo Winter

      Brad, history says he never fired a single shot during any of his heists, so it’s hard to say if he was an “expert shot with a rifle” or not..

  • http://humboldtlib.blogspot.com Fred Mangels

    Any chance local reporters can attend and give us an idea of what was presented? I love old west history and would attend but I live in Eureka.

    • Mary Jo Winter

      Fred, I’ll do a follow up story on Black Bart at a later date.

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