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This Date in Wells Fargo History

May 22, 2019

May 22, 1865. At midnight, 4 outlaws armed with double-barreled shotguns, stopped the Virginia City, Nevada, stage bound for Silver City, and relieved Wells Fargo of $6,500 in gold. While the 11 passengers sat under armed guard, driver Bally Green had the most humiliating experience. His misfortune became a popular song: As he was driving up one night, as lively as a coon, He saw four men jump in the road, by the pale light of the moon; One sprung for his leaders, while another his gun he cocks, Saying, "Bally, I hate to trouble you, but pass me out that box!" When Bally heard him say these words, he opened wide his eyes, He didn't know what the devil to do, it took him by surprise; But he reached down in the boot, saying, "Take it, sir, with pleasure," And out into the middle of the road, went Wells & Fargo's treasure." A further command of "Drive slow!" sent Bally on his way. Wild gambling put detectives on the outlaw trail. They nabbed them all within a month.