One of the most fearless and admired stagecoach drivers of the Wild West was discovered after death to be a woman.
"One-Eyed Charley" Parkhurst drove a stagecoach in California at the peak of the Gold Rush, renowned for his skill and courage. Only after his death at age 67 was it discovered that Charley was a woman. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast, we'll tell what's known of Charley Parkhurst's enigmatic life story.
We'll also hear listeners' thoughts about the legalities of an anti-Christian town and puzzle over a lucky driver and his passenger.