— 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 […]
Continue reading “MAN IN THE SHADOWS”
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. […]
Continue reading THE GANG IN RED CALICO HOODS
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 […]
Continue reading GUNS, GOLD, AND A GETAWAY
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 […]
Continue reading SHERLOCK HOLMES OF THE FRONTIER