January 17, 2017
January 17, 1853. The vast majority of Gold-seekers were in their late 'teens and twenties. However, one 47-year old wrote from Panama in 1853: "Thank God the Isthmus is passed." Messrs. Wells, Fargo & Co. learned, "I am alive & kicking, but awful sore & some tired." This aged traveler exulted, "Give me credit of being the first man across the Isthmus in a race of six hundred, and nearly all young men. I passed everything on the road." Who was this speedy fellow? None other than Company founder Henry Wells on his first visit to California.