“HANGED AT HELL GATE”

HANGING HELL GATE

— REVOLVING DOOR PRISONER — Cyrus Skinner spent most of his life reigning terror on others—until a cold winter night in 1864 when Lady Justice rode into a place called Hell Gate, Montana.

Born in Ohio in 1829, Skinner spent his youth robbing people.

At age 21, he moved to California and became a sort of revolving-door-prisoner.

In 1851, authorities arrested him for burglary […]

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“A POETIC PROFITEER”

CHESGTER BOWLES

— THE SCOURGE OF WELLS FARGO — On July 23, 1878, a man wearing a flour sack over his head, forced a Wells Fargo stagecoach to a stop, took the small treasure box containing less than $400, and made off with a passenger’s diamond ring and watch.

When authorities recovered the box, inside they discovered the following poem from non-other than Black Bart:

“Here I lay me down to sleep […]

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THE AGELESS OUTLAW

— AGE NEVER INTERFERED WITH HIS LIFE OF CRIME —

Hearing the sound of horses and wooden wheels bouncing across the hard-packed, rutted trail, two men emerged from hiding and stepped into the moonlight with guns in hand.

Gunmen Bill Miner and Billy LeRoy learned the Barlow & Sanderson stagecoach, which operated between mining camps in the San Juan Mountains in the southwestern corner of Colorado, would be transporting a shipment […]

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BLACK BART’S FINAL FLING

Chester Bowles

 —     — On a crisp, clear morning in November 1883, a man known as Black Bart hid in the bushes along a mountain pass waiting to spring what would be his last stagecoach robbery, the same site as his first robbery nearly eight years before.

The Nevada Stage Company coach, driven by Reason McConnell, carried about nineteen pounds of amalgamated gold worth more than $4,000, along with several hundred more dollars […]

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