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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 image. 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 Matuca 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
Copper Park image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 7, 2009
2. Copper Park
Marker can be seen to the right.
is at or near this postal address: 475 Main Street, Copperopolis CA 95228, United States of America.
 
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.) 
 
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Calaveras County Court Room image. 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 image. Click for full size.
By SF Museum
4. Charles E. Boles aka Charles E. Bolton alias Black Bart
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 3,313 times since then and 345 times this year. Last updated on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   3. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   4. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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