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One-eyed Charlie
October 8, 2006 9:14 AM   Subscribe

In 1955 the Pajero Valley Historical Association erected a monument... which reads : * "Charley Darkey Parkhurst (1812-1879) Noted whip of the gold rush days drove stage over Mt. Madonna in early days of Valley. Last run San Juan to Santa Cruz. Death in cabin near the 7 mile house. Revealed 'one eyed Charlie' a woman. First woman to vote in the U.S. November 3, 1868."
posted by 445supermag (8 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
I bow to our stagecoach-driving, one-eyed, crossdressing, sneaking-in-the-vote Overlords.

Also, These Stagecoaches, they vibrate?
posted by shnoz-gobblin at 9:51 AM on October 8, 2006


"Darkey?"
posted by keswick at 10:09 AM on October 8, 2006


There was another famous Mountain Charley/Charlie in the Santa Cruz mountain area, also connected with stagecoaches, also blind in one eye. In the town where I grew up, I was most familiar with this namesake for the local saloon (briefly famous in the late 70's for its belly bucking contests). Never heard of the other one until now.
posted by Araucaria at 10:15 AM on October 8, 2006


"Pajero?"
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 11:49 AM on October 8, 2006


"Pajero?"

Yes, its hould be "Pajaro" (that's how the river and valley is spelled), but 2 of the links (where I lifted the quote) spell it "Pajero".
posted by 445supermag at 12:14 PM on October 8, 2006


"Darkey?"

Miscegenation would be one possible reason for growing up in an orphanage.
posted by dhartung at 12:30 PM on October 8, 2006


This is a neat post, thanks.
posted by mediareport at 9:35 PM on October 8, 2006


Good post, thanks!
posted by Asparagirl at 8:31 PM on October 9, 2006


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