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Black Bart

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Black Bart


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 bitches.

--Black Bart, the Po8



The legend begins ... This legend begins at a desolate spot between Point Arenas and Duncan's Mills on the Russian River, just north of San Francisco. It was there, on August 3, 1877, that a lone highwayman wearing a long white linen duster and a flour sack over his head stepped out in front of a stagecoach, pointed a double-barreled shotgun at the driver, and forced him to halt.
--THE PLUNDERING Po8 By J. Kingston Pierce

The Hotel has hosted many luminaries from four of America's most famed presidents Ulysses S. Grant, Benjamin Harrison, James A. Garfield and Grover Cleveland to boxers Gentleman Jim Corbett and Bob Fitzsimmons. The Holbrooke soon became the focal point of the art world, attraction writers such as Mark Twain and Bret Harte, dancer Lotta Crabtree and internationally renowned actress-dancer Lola Montez. Of course, the history would not be complete without the more infamous of characters, Black Bart.

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