Black Bart’s first stagecoach robbery in Butte County, and his fifth overall, occurred on July 25, 1878. He held up of the Quincy-Oroville stage about a mile from Berry Creek.
Although not noted in this newspaper report, this was the second time that Bart left a verse at the scene of the crime. (The first was at his fourth robbery on August 3, 1877 in Sonoma County.)
Here I lay me down to sleep To wait the coming morrow Perhaps success, perhaps defeat, And everlasting sorrow. Let come what will, I'll try it on My condition can't be worse, And if there's money in that box, 'Tis munny in my purse. Black Bart the Po8
Just five days later, in Plumas County, he robbed the LaPorte to Oroville stage five miles out of LaPorte. It was a busy summer for Black Bart.
Black Bart lived on in story and film. His story was told in an episode of Death Valley Days. Not entirely accurate, but fun.