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Belle Starr's reputation as an outlaw lives on in Fort Smith


October 7, 2018

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — While several historic figures are known for executing justice from Fort Smith, one is known for making trips into the town for her illegal actions.

Belle Starr, dubbed the "Bandit Queen" in 19th century pulp novels and newspapers, was tried in Fort Smith twice during the 1880s. Her reputation as a no-nonsense outlaw has left a mark on the city still evident today.

Originally Myra Maybelle Shirley, Starr, a non-Native American resident of what is now Oklahoma, began her career of crime after meeting up with Jesse James following the Civil War. James, an acquaintanc...

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