“MAN IN THE SHADOWS”

Wells Fargo

— TRACKING LAWBREAKERS — A young gambler by the name of Fred Dodge sat behind the driver of the stagecoach that rolled into Tombstone on a sunny but nippy winter afternoon in early December 1879. His journey to Arizona Territory, however, involved much more than spending time at a card table.

Gambling provided Dodge the flexibility he needed to carry out his duties as an undercover agent for Wells Fargo […]

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THE GANG IN RED CALICO HOODS

Jack Almer

Standing in the shadows across from the Wells Fargo office in Florence, Arizona, a man with red hair and a pale complexion watched two men lift a heavy express box into the driver’s boot of the stagecoach.

Minutes later, Jack Almer, who went by the name Jack Averill, bought a ticket to Riverside and boarded the stage.

Almer’s partners—Charley Hensley and Joe Tuttle—waited in the distance to see whether he was on the stage. […]

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GUNS, GOLD, AND A GETAWAY

Train Heist, Southern Pacific

Engineer Colonel Harper squinted into the darkness when the Southern Pacific westbound express emerged from a long, narrow railroad cut, spotted what looked like a red lantern in the distance, and applied the air brakes.

Sparks exploded from the big iron wheels as the locomotive skidded along the rails.

It slowed to a stop about an engine-length from the wooden barricade at Papago Station, about seventeen miles from Tucson.

Harper glanced at […]

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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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