This Date in Wells Fargo History Daily: This Date in History news feed. en-US Copyright 2014, Wells Fargo. All rights reserved. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 history 360 This Date in Wells Fargo History October 31, 1866. Wells Fargo ended this month with a big bang on the Geiger Grade outside of Virginia City, Nevada. Around 1 A.M., 5 outlaws stopped the lead of two California coaches, "by presenting double-barreled shotguns in such a way that driver Johnny Burnett came to a halt without asking any questions." The bad guys then lined up 13 of the 14 passengers and went through them, collecting watches and cash, but ignored the drivers: They "earned whatever they had hard enough." A robber politely escorted the one lady to a rock, and as it was "rather a cold seat," provided her with a stage cushion. Meantime, others worked blasting powder into the stage safe, blew it and the Pioneer coach to "smithereens," and collected $5,100 from Wells Fargo. The shattered coach barely made it the last 3 miles, while the passengers came in on the second vehicle. Wells Fargo immediately offered $4,000 for the recovery of the treasure, and $5,000 for the arrest and conviction of the highwaymen; the Bank of California added $2,500, and the state put in another $2,500. Money works wonders, and by mid-December all were in the hands of the law!

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