Monday, October 8, 2012

Wells Fargo Gold Wagon

Today's picture shows the Wells Fargo Gold Wagon in Deadwood. This was the armored car of the day. If you click on the picture for an enlarged view, you can see the men are all armed. The wagon was used to transport gold from the Great Homestake Mine. The wagon is carrying $250,000 in gold. At the time, gold was about $20 an ounce, so that would be 12,500 ounces of gold. So in today's dollars, it would be carrying  $22,125,000. 


  1. In the larger view, at least two of the weapons are recognizable as Winchester Lever Action shotguns. Either model 1887 or model 1901. They were designed by the famed John Browning and were a favorite for stagecoach and cash hauling outfits like Wells Fargo.

    Originals are highly sought after by collectors and fetch a high price. Reproductions are available, though, at a more reasonable price. Lots of fun to shoot!

  2. I'll bet those guys in the back had sore butts after a days ride.

    Only 5 men! What an easy score for Butch Cassidy and his hole in the wall gang.

  3. Good thing they didn't get attacked from the rear since they're all facing forward.

  4. I'm wondering what that is around the feet of three of the horses?

  5. Seems to me it would be better to have a few guys on horseback riding in front and behind the wagon and then put a couple guys in the wagon. With everyone sitting in the wagon shown in this picture the robbers can concentrate just on the wagon without worrying about guys on horseback. Maybe they just put everyone in the wagon for the picture. For the equivalent of $22,125,000 in today's money I'd feel better with a few more guards.

  6. I am writing a curriculum for Christian children about entrepreneurship and how to make and manage money God's way. I would like to know where the Wells Fargo picture came from. I have a number (3a14154u) that I got from somewhere... think the National Archives, but I cannot use the picture unless I can site where I got it. Can anyone help me find it?
    I'm also in West Texas.


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