April 16, 2014
April 16, 1863. At least the weather would be cool crossing the plains! Wells Fargo president Danford N. Barney, along with company directors Benjamin P. Cheney and William G. Fargo planned to depart New York for San Francisco, overland. Wells Fargos board of directors ordered them West for the purpose of looking after the interests of this Company. Gold strikes in Idaho and Montana beckoned, while the threat of Rebel commerce raiders against the gold-carrying mail steamers made overland stagecoaching very attractive!