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Copperopolis in Calaveras County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Black Bart at Funk Hill
Copperopolis
 
Black Bart at Funk Hill Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, June 7, 2009
1. Black Bart at Funk Hill Marker
 
Inscription. July 1875, at Funk Hill 4 miles due east Black Bart, alias Charles E. Bolton or Boles, wearing a flour sack mask and a linen duster, waving a double-barrelled shot gun held up the Wells Fargo Sonora to Milton Stage. The first successful stage robbery in California. For eight years he was the “scourge and terror of California roads.” Often leaving a few lines of doggerel at the scene:

Iíve labored long and hard for bread,
For honor and for riches,
But on my cornsí too long youíve tred,
You fine-haired sons of b------.

Twenty eight robberies later Bart again struck at Funk Hill, only to be wounded and to leave clues leading to his capture in San Francisco. Released from San Quentin January 23, 1888, he disappeared after getting off the train in Visalia.
 
Erected 1988 by Matucca Chapter 1849 & Tuleburgh Chapter 69, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 58.913′ N, 120° 38.556′ W. Marker is in Copperopolis, California, in Calaveras County. Marker can be reached from Main Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located at Copper Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 475 Main Street, Copperopolis CA 95228, United States of America.
 
Copper Park Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, June 7, 2009
2. Copper Park
Marker can be seen to the right.
 

 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Copperopolis Park (a few steps from this marker); The Copperopolis Bell and Cannon (within shouting distance of this marker); Copperopolis (approx. ľ mile away); Congregational Church (approx. ľ mile away); Calaveras Telephone (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Copperopolis (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Old Corner Saloon (approx. 0.4 miles away); Thomas McCarty (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Copperopolis.
 
Also see . . .  Black Bart. A collection of articles devoted to Black Bart detailing his history, robberies, arrest, etc. (Submitted on June 9, 2009.) 
 
Calaveras County Court Room Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle
3. Calaveras County Court Room
Courtroom in San Andreas where Black Bart was tried, convicted and sentenced.
 
 
Charles E. Boles aka Charles E. Bolton <i>alias</i> Black Bart Photo, Click for full size
By SF Museum
4. Charles E. Boles aka Charles E. Bolton alias Black Bart
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on June 9, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,134 times since then. Last updated on November 9, 2013, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 9, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   3. submitted on September 15, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   4. submitted on October 11, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
 
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