Deputy Sheriff Pat Bridges also known as the Black Ranger was not the fastest draw in Catawba county but he was definitely the deadliest. Since his days in the North Carolina Rangers he had been the most feared ranger of all, to those who broke the law. The Black Ranger made more arrests and brought more criminals to justice in North Carolina, than any other of the North Carolina Rangers. He became a legend in his own time.
Pat Bridges got the nickname Black Ranger for his proclivity for always wearing black clothing and of course his black mare "Pantera" added to his mystique. Many thought that Pat was divinely protected because of his uncanny ability of never getting shot. There was nothing divine about it really it was his ability to remain calm, take careful aim, and to make every shot count.
During the "War Between The States" the Black Ranger was a cavalry captain in the North Carolina Militia C.S.A. which later became the foundation of the North Carolina Rangers. In 1876 after breakup of the Carolina Rangers he moved to the southern Texas town of Eagle Pass and became deputy sheriff of Maverick county....read more.
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