CALIFORNIA COLLECTION: San Quentin Mugshots – “Philomena Falkner” (1877)

Philomena Falkner, alias the “Galloping Cow”, the name given her on account of her awkward walk. She was another pickpocket from the Barbary Coast. She was sent to San Quentin Prison in 1877 for assault to do great bodily harm. A boy, who was selling wild ducks strung across his shoulders, happened to pass by her room in a building on Broadway near Kearny street, when she ran out and grabbed him and threw him out of a window, badly crippling him.

Contributing Institution: The Bancroft Library. University of California, Berkeley.

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