During the 19th century in what we now call The Wild West, Arizona stood out amongst other territories & States as being truly wild. Just between 1875-1900 there were over 125 reported Stagecoach robberies within Arizona alone. With the robberies, there were over 200 persons who took part in the occupation of holding up stages within the Arizona Territory and not all of them were men. There were some women as well who robbed the stages quite often such as Pearl Heart, also known as “The Girl Bandit of Arizona”.
Many of the stagecoach robberies took place near water holes, stage station’s, and almost always at points where the stages’s had to slow down, stop or at least lower their speed to a crawl. Sharp turns, curves, top of a steep hill and also at the opposite end of a sandy wash or river crossing.