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This Date in Wells Fargo History

May 27, 2015

May 27, 1882. Tombstone, Arizona Territory, lived up to its name in the early 1880s when too many found only tombstones and not fortunes. Ex-Confederate cowboys battled Republican businessmen. During these tough times, Wells Fargo hired the Earp brothers to ride shotgun on bullion-carrying stagecoaches. Morgan Earp was the usual messenger, but Wyatt sometimes went along. The San Francisco Examiner reported today that while brother Virgil Earp was in San Francisco attending to wounds, Wells Fargo presented him with a large gold five-pointed star set within a circle engraved, "City Marshal, Tombstone, A.T. , V.M. Earp, with Compliments of Wells, Fargo & Co."