DescriptionPhotograph of Outlaw and Bandit Queen Belle Starr, Fort Smith, Arkansas, 1886. A famous image of Belle Starr, sitting side saddle on her horse staring intently at one of the Roeder brothers, photographers in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She is wearing a single loop holster that has a pearl handled revolver in it, a riding crop in her left hand and is wearing leather gloves. She is posing in front of a building with an unidentified man mounted on horse beside her. Marked in period ink "Belle Starr Shot Feb. 3 1889 from ambush".
Belle Starr (1848-1889) was born Myra Belle Shirley near Carthage, Missouri where she spent her childhood. Her family moved to Scyene, Texas in 1864. Early on, Belle associated with a number of known criminals including Jesse James and his gang, and the Youngers, many of whom had served with her brother in Quantrill's raiders during the Civil War. In 1866, she married an outlaw named Jim Reed who was killed in 1874. She then wed Cherokee outlaw Sam Starr in 1880 and went to live in the Indian Territory. Her home there became a hangout for various outlaws. In 1883, she and her husband were convicted of horse stealing and Belle did nine months in a House of Corrections in Detroit, Michigan. Starr's reputation as a notorious horse thief and even a murderess was mainly the result of over-dramatization in a dime novel by Richard K. Fox titled Belle Starr, the Bandit Queen, or the Female Jesse James. The book was released shortly after Starr was mysteriously shot to death by an unknown assailant near her home in 1889. Measures approximately 6.5" x 4.25". From the Emory A. Cantey Western Collection.
Condition: Good-very good, light contrast, two holes in mount.
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