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Gentleman bandit : the true story of Black Bart, the old west's most infamous stagecoach robber  Cover Image Book Book

Gentleman bandit : the true story of Black Bart, the old west's most infamous stagecoach robber / John Boessenecker.


"Black Bart is widely regarded today as not only the most notorious stage robber of the Old West but also the best behaved. Over his lifetime, Black Bart held up at least twenty-nine stagecoaches in California and Oregon with mild, polite commands, stealing from Wells Fargo and the US mail but never robbing a passenger. Such behavior earned him the title of a true 'gentleman bandit.' His real name was Charles E. Boles, and in the public eye, Charles lived quietly as a boulevardier in San Francisco, the wealthiest and most exciting city in the American West. Boles was an educated man who traveled among respectable crowds. Because he did not drink, fight or consort with prostitutes, his true calling as America's greatest stage robber was never suspected until his final capture in 1883. Sheriffs searched and struggled for years to find him, and newspaper editors had a field day reporting his exploits. Legends and rumors trailed his name until his mysterious death, and his ultimate fate remains one of the greatest mysteries of the Old West. Now historian John Boessenecker sheds new light on Black Bart's beginnings, reputation and exploits, bringing to life the glittering story of the mysterious stage robber who doubled as a rich, genteel socialite in the golden era of the Wild West"-- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781335449429
  • ISBN: 1335449426
  • Physical Description: 376 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Hanover Square Press, [2023]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 331-360) and index (pages 361-376).
Subject: Black Bart, 1829-
Brigands and robbers > California > Biography.
Outlaws > California > Biography.
Stagecoach robberies.
Frontier and pioneer life > California.
California > History > 1850-1950.
Genre: Biographies.

Available copies

  • 1 of 5 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Camden County Library.


  • 2 current holds with 5 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Camden County Library District - Camdenton Biography BLACK BART (Text) 31320003911422 Adult Biography Checked out 04/14/2023

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