“WILD WEST FLASHBACK”

INNOVATIVE MAIL DELIVERY

— PONY EXPRESS DEBUTS: APRIL 3, 1860 — The lone rider raced past the wagon train with a wave of the hand but never looked back. The “young, skinny, wiry” rider had one goal: to reach the next relay station and deliver the mail he carried to the next rider.    The Pony Express hired 75, mostly teenagers, who weighed less than 125 pounds and had enough gun skills to fight off Indian to deliver […]

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“SECRET OF A LIFETIME”

Charley Parkhurst

 — ONE-EYED, PISTOL PACKIN’ STAGECOACH WHIP — The lone masked gunman emerged from hiding, fired into the air, and forced the stagecoach to a stop. He leveled his six-gun at the driver. “Throw down the strongbox,” he ordered.  

Caught off-guard by the assault, the driver hesitated for a few seconds before lifting the heavy treasure box out of the front boot and letting it fall to the ground. 

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“THE FLIM-FLAM MEN”

Philip Arnold and John Slack

— GREED IN HIGH PLACES — The two men who walked into San Francisco businessman George D. Roberts’ office looked like a couple of country bumpkins—nervous, unkempt, and unsure of themselves.

Philip Arnold and John Slack glanced around as if making sure no one else could overhear them and told Roberts they had “something of immense value.”

After a display of some reluctance, Arnold opened a […]

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SHERLOCK HOLMES OF THE FRONTIER

James Hume felt a sense of elation when he arrived at the hotel on Second Street in San Francisco, poised to capture the elusive stagecoach robber, Black Bart.

Hume, hired as a Special Agent for Wells Fargo & Company in 1871, had been on Black Bart’s trail for years. Patient and detailed, Hume decided the best way to catch Black Bart was to assemble a comprehensive profile.

He collected […]

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