Sunday, January 18, 2015

Belle Starr

Today we feature a picture of Belle Starr. Belle was a notorious outlaw and part of the James-Younger gang. She had grown up with the Youngers and James. She was a crack shot and exhibited exceptional horse riding skills. Her story includes tales of cattle rustling, theft, bribery, bootlegging and more. She remains one of the most colorful characters of the American West.


  1. strange picture...looks like someone tried to "fix" it.

    Always wondered how women could stay on a horse at full gallop with a side saddle?

    1. The stirrups are set at two lengths to accommodate the positions of the legs, and you hook your knee over the pommel on the saddle. As a rule, of course, ladies didn't gallop, but nobody would ever call Belle Starr a lady.

  2. Yes, strange photo indeed. I wonder who the gent in the pic is? Belle's horse looks well groomed. I think I would get a crick in my back riding sidesaddle for any length of time.
    -Anne K.

  3. Her hideout at Robber's Cave is about 30 minutes from where I live.

  4. Side-saddle or not, there's no question who's the more imposing figure here (not counting the horses, of course).