Item #7629 $750 Reward! A Reward of $250 for each, will pe [sic] paid at the office of Wells Fargo…for the arrest and conviction of the robbers who attacked the coach at Snake River…. H. M. Ellsworth.
$750 Reward! A Reward of $250 for each, will pe [sic] paid at the office of Wells Fargo…for the arrest and conviction of the robbers who attacked the coach at Snake River…

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$750 Reward! A Reward of $250 for each, will pe [sic] paid at the office of Wells Fargo…for the arrest and conviction of the robbers who attacked the coach at Snake River…

Salt Lake City: Salt Lake Evening Journal, 29 July 1873. Broadside on wove paper, 7.375” x 10.625”; sheet size 9.5” x 12.625”.

An exceptionally rare and quintessential Wells, Fargo & Co. stagecoach holdup broadside, issued by the company’s office “at Kelton, Nevada” (i.e., Kelton, Utah) and printed in Salt Lake City.

Wells Fargo agent H. M. Ellsworth advertises a reward of $750 for the arrest and conviction of robbers ($250 for each) who “attacked the coach near Snake River on the morning of the 20th inst. [date crossed out and ‘25’ substituted], and stole the Treasure Box.” Ellsworth notes that “the Robbery was committed by three men, one of whom was about 6 feet high, had a large black mustache, thin chin whiskers, is slim built, speaks quick, and wore blue overalls.”

Lending additional color and period appeal to this broadside is an early note in pencil on the verso written by a passenger who traveled on the same stage line, apparently shortly after the robbery, likely passing through or near the place where it occurred. It reads “The driver who was with the stage when robbed took us over the road from Rock Creek to Malade crossing the Snake River.”

The town of Kelton was founded on the route of the Central Pacific Railroad and served as a section station from 1869 to 1942. “In the 1870s and early 1880s, the Wells Fargo stage line running between Kelton and several gold mines in Idaho and Montana was robbed more often than any other stage line in the Old West. Treasure hunters still search for the hundreds of thousands of unrecovered dollars rumored to be cached in the nearby City of Rocks.” (The Historical Marker Database)

Apparently unrecorded. Not in OCLC.

An evocative western crime rarity printed in Salt Lake City.

REFERENCES: “Kelton” at Historical Marker Database online.

Item #7629

Price: $17,500.00

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