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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:

I’ve labored long and hard for bread,
For honor and for riches,
But on my corns’ too long you’ve 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.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Law Enforcement. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list.
 
Location.
Copper Park image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 7, 2009
2. Copper Park
Marker can be seen to the right.
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. Marker is located at Copper Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 475 Main Street, Copperopolis CA 95228, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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. ¼ mile away); Congregational Church (approx. ¼ 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). Touch for a list and map 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.) 
 
Additional keywords. Outlaws
 
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 was last revised on November 3, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 9, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 4,044 times since then and 126 times this year. 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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