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This Date in Wells Fargo History

November 17, 2018

November 17, 1863. Wells Fargo learned that for each action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. A Sacramento paper jocularly reported that a few years previously "when a stage arrived from the interior with the intelligence that it had not been robbed, surprise was manifested." In response, Wells Fargo had iron boxes "constructed in and made a part of the stage itself," to delay for a couple of hours "the treasure-robbing propensity of the gentlemen of the road." However, the paper reported, "California robbers were found equal to the occasion." Wells Fargo's agent in Drytown, Amador County, telegraphed: "The safe in the Fiddletown stage was broken open this morning, and robbed of $2,035. The two men worked at it with picks and bars for awhile, and then by threats made the driver take off his team. They said they would blast awhile and blow the locks off." The paper then concluded, "They accomplished this business in the most artistic manner and quite expeditiously." However, Wells Fargo never forgets, and 6 months later, cracked the case. Law officers arrested one robber in Drytown!