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date: 30 March 2020

Glass, Charlie locked

  • J. C. Mutchler


cowboy, was apparently born in the Indian Territory (later Oklahoma). Little is known of his parents or early life. According to “The Ballad of Charlie Glass,” by William Leslie Clark, Glass was “one quarter Cherokee” (Wyman and Hart). Legend has it that he moved to western Colorado after shooting the man who had killed his father. What is known to be factual is that by 1909 Glass was working as a cowboy for the S-Cross Ranch in western Colorado.

Glass was, by reputation, a colorful character. He was known for going to town in fancy silk shirts and enjoying the saloons, card games, and brothels of the “Barbary Coast,” the red-light district of Grand Junction, Colorado. By 1917 he had found employment with Oscar L. Turner a cattleman with large ranch holdings in the counties of Mesa Garfield and Rio Blanca in western Colorado and ...

A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.

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