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This Date in Wells Fargo History

March 05, 2015

March 5, 1867. The Virginia City Territorial Enterprise hungered for news, and in the meantime, told readers why its columns had so little: A fine, powdery snow blocked stagecoaches and skiers. Wells Fargo, though, was undaunted. "Have faith, we will make it," two messengers proclaimed. Their log read: "Left Virginia City, Friday, March 1, at 6 A.M.; arrived at Van Sickles' [32 miles from town] at 1:15 P.M., and at 5 P.M. had made but 1.75 miles beyond. The next day started at 6 in the morning, with 7 men and 8 horses, and arrived at Peters' at 1 o'clock, having made 3 miles. From there, dug a track with shovels 1.5 miles, which took till 5 in the evening, and reached Robb's. Left Robb's at 6:30 the next morning and reached Friday's, 4 miles distant [and 9 miles from Van Sickles'], at 9:15 P.M. Left Friday's next morning and met messengers on snow-shoes [skis] with letter mail from California."