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."