Charley Parkhurst, One-eyed Whip


A Wells Fargo stagecoach, akin to those Charlie Parkhurst became famous for driving. PRA/Licensed via CC BY-SA 3.0 Creative Commons license

Charley Parkhurst was a stagecoach whip who spent almost 20 years handling teams of horses over treacherous terrain at high speeds. After his death in 1879, his friends who came to lay out his body discovered that Charley was anatomically female.

Topics in this Podcast: U.S. history, American history, biographies, 19th century, LGBTQ history, The American West, LGBTQIA history