February 21, 2017
February 21, 1867. "Wells, Fargo & Co., General Express Forwarders to all Parts of the World and Carriers of the Great Overland Mail between the Atlantic and Pacific States," offered something to everyone, anywhere at any time, according to an advertisement in the Denver Rocky Mountain News. "The Company is running daily lines of coaches on the following routes: From NORTH PLATTE CITY, the present western terminus of the Union Pacific Rail Road, 300 miles west of the Missouri River, via Denver City, Salt Lake City, Austin and Virginia City, Nevada, to Sacramento, California. At DENVER, connecting with their daily coaches for Central City, Black Hawk, Colorado, and with the coaches of the Denver and Santa Fe Stage Co. for all the principal points in New Mexico. At SALT LAKE CITY, connecting with their daily lines of coaches for Virginia City and Helena, Montana; Boise City, Idaho; Walla Walla, Washington Territory, and Portland, Oregon." Wells Fargo's advertisement concluded that "THE PLATTE ROUTE is the Shortest, Cheapest and Safest."