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This Date in Wells Fargo History

January 23, 2019

January 23, 1883. On January 21, 1883, the overland express train pulled out of San Francisco with messenger Aaron Y. Ross guarding $80,000 in gold bullion in the Wells Fargo car. At 7 a.m. on the 23rd, the railroad stopped at Montello, Nevada, where, suddenly, five outlaws attacked it. For five hours, Ross held them off, killing one, and wounding three. Among the rewards Wells Fargo presented to "Hold-the-Fort" Ross for his valiant defense was a splendid gold watch. This token, Superintendent John J. Valentine hoped, would inspire Wells Fargo men and women to "emulate such an example of fidelity and valor."