Pearl Hart, Highwaywoman

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In 1898, Pearl Hart was either a cook or a soiled dove (depending on who you believe) in Mammoth Arizona. When the mine closed (or, she got word her mother was sick in Ohio, depending on who you believe), Hart and her boyfriend, Joe Boot (probably an alias) robbed the Globe to Florence stagecoach getting some $431.20 but she returned one dollar to each passenger so they could get something to eat. A posse caught up with the hapless pair less than a week later and the two became snagged in the coils of the justice system. Escaping from lenient custody in Tucson, Pearl was recaptured and sent to the Yuma Territorial Prison. She was pardoned in 1902 and either left the state for good, or lived around Globe until 1955, depending on who you believe.

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