Belle starr Fort Smith on a horse with a pistol. Public domain

February 3, 1846

This date in Missouri history: The “Bandit Queen,” Belle Starr, was born in Carthage, Missouri. She was probably the most infamous of all the pistol-packin’ mamas of those days.


Belle starr Fort Smith on a horse with a pistol. Public domain

February 3, 1846

The "Bandit Queen" Belle Starr was born in Carthage, MO. She was probably the most infamous of all the pistol-packin' mamas of those days. Read more about her in Tales From Missouri and the Heartland.