Talk:Black Bart (outlaw)

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Initial comments[edit]

Just double-checking before I make a few clarifying edits. In the section where his crimes are all listed, and where it says, for example, "Redding to Roseburg, Siskiyou County," I'm assuming this is a short-hand for the "The stage was headed from Redding to Roseburg, and the robbery occured in Siskiyou County." If that's the intent, the current construction is ambiguous, because on first reading it looks like "Roseburg" is in Siskiyou County (which of course it's not). I would propose simply to add the word "in" or some other clarifier before "Siskiyou County" (in this example).

Also, is there any more detail available about the sites of these robberies? To continue using these examples, the stage road between "Redding and Roseburg, in Siskiyou County" is some 75 miles long (in Siskiyou County)- is no further detail available? If so, it would be interesting to add the name of the nearest settlement ("near Sisson's").

Frank Fox[edit]

According to the last entry under "List of Crimes - 1870's", Black Bart was suspected of being the Ohioan "Frank Fox". But according to the Frank Fox article, he was only two years old at the time. So either the Fox article has a wrong birthdate, this article is referring to a different Fox, or the Fox reference is an inaccurate statement. --Begle1 20:43, 26 July 2007 (UTC)

Hume's Resemblance[edit]

Later, Wells Fargo Detective J. B. Hume (who looked enough like Bolles to be a twin brother, moustache included) found several personal items at the scene, including one of Bolles' handkerchiefs bearing the laundry mark "F.X.O.7."

Seems to me the part I've bolded could use a cite. McGehee 15:43, 30 January 2007 (UTC)

Bolles fate?[edit]

  • See Dale Walker's "Legends and Lies Great Mysteries of the Old West" {1997} {reference only} —Preceding unsigned comment added by 134.53.145.47 (talk) 11:54, 16 September 2007 (UTC)

Time Line?[edit]

Can anyone tell me if wikipedia has a simple time line of the dated events of Black Bart's life? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 68.126.213.145 (talk) 01:33, 31 January 2008 (UTC)

Page Title[edit]

Page title is wrong - Bolles should have only one l —Preceding unsigned comment added by Jerryldixon (talkcontribs) 01:38, 9 March 2010 (UTC)

Fixed. travisl (talk) 23:01, 26 July 2010 (UTC)

Wrong death date?[edit]

It says in the article that Charles Bolles died on November 3, 1883. However, the article also states that the last time Bolles was seen was February 28, 1888. Is the death date wrong, or did "Black Bart" come back from the grave? The Utahraptor Talk 22:10, 6 May 2010 (UTC)

In Popular Culture[edit]

Is this the same Black Bart as in Iron Maiden's Black Bart Blues? 86.144.25.248 (talk) 13:44, 3 November 2012 (UTC)

There's a story about Bowles' release from prison[edit]

According to the story, he was accosted by a reporter, who asked him, "What are you going to do now?"

"None of your business."

"Are you going back to robbing stagecoaches?"

"No, I've given up a life of crime."

"Are you going to write any more poetry?"

"Young man, didn't I just tell you I've given up a life of crime?"

Don't know if it's true or not, but it's a good story. JHobson3 (talk) 14:06, 7 May 2014 (UTC)