Sonoma County Points of Interest
A marker is mounted on the front of the building:
First Time Poetry Left At Stage Holdup
On 3 August 1877 the Wells Fargo stage from Fort Ross to Duncans Mills was robbed by Black Bart (aka Charles E. Boles, Bolton, T.Z. Spaulding) using his feared command, “Throw down the box!” It was Black Bart’s fourth stage holdup and the first time he left poetry at the scene. On the back of a way bill he wrote:
I've labored long and hard for bread
For honor and for riches,
But on my corns too long you've tred [sic]
You fine haired sons of bitches.
On 22 July 1880 Black Bart struck that stage again but left no poetry. It was assumed that both times he travelled [sic] to and from his holdups on the North Pacific Coast Railroad, which began service 8 May 1877. In his twenty-eight stage robberies, Black Bart never fired a shot.
Plaque dedicated 30 September 5994 (1989) by the Ancient & Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus Capitulus Redivivus - Yerba Buena Chapter No. 1
Credo Quia Absurdum