Scribe's Tribute to
Pearl Hart
Pearl Hart

As of February 10, 2004, Scribe has just purchased via auction an original magazine article taken from an 1899 Cosmopolitan Magazine. There are 5 pages to the article wherein Pearl Hart relates the story of her life and the episode of stagecoach robbery that put her in jail in Tucson, including various photographs unseen before!

As soon as I have these pages in my possession, I will be scanning and uploading them with proper documentation so you may add an actual magazine article on the lady outlaw for your research papers!

Although she was not the most famous of the lady outlaws who made a name for themselves on the western frontier, Pearl Hart was perhaps the most prolific in her adventures as an authentic lady outlaw.

Pearl was born in 1871 in the Canadian province of Ontario. She left home at the tender age of 17, eventually ending up inLady Pearl Arizona where she lived a life of dubious virtue. Taking up with a miner named Joe Boot in 1889, Pearl committed her first crimes by luring men to their room on the pretense of romance. Instead of good lovin�, Joe saw to it they got a cracked skull and took their money. When that proved to be less than profitable, the partners in crime turned to robbing stagecoaches.

For this exploit, Pearl bravely cut her hair and put on men�s clothing, but her disguise could not hide her femininity. She and Joe robbed the Globe, Arizona stagecoach of $400 and made their getaway, only to get lost on their getaway. They were found the following morning by the ensuing Sheriff and his posse, asleep beneath some trees.

PearlArrested and put on trial, Pearl made up the sob story that her poor mother in Canada had needed the money and that robbing the stagecoach was the only way she could think of to get the desperately needed dollars. The jury showed her some sympathy and released her, only to see her rearrested not long after for unlawfully carrying a gun.

Pearl was sent to Yuma Territorial Prison, where she earned the distinction of not only being the only female ever to be sent there, but also for being the only woman to become pregnant while in the prison! This bought her an early release since the only two men who had been alone with her were a preacher and the Governor of Arizona! She was pardoned and discreetly told to get out of Arizona.

After that, Pearl mostly bummed around as a pick-pocket, turning tricks here and there as a prostitute, and getting arrested occasionally. She then performed with the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show before eventually returning to Globe, Arizona, where she married a rancher and lived to be near the ripe old age of 90. She was put to rest in the early 1960�s.

Information from "The Shooters" by Leon Claire Metz
Mangan Books, El Paso, Texas

More Information on Pearl Hart
Pearl Hart, aka Pearl Bywater
The first known female stage robber in Arizona Territory