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Casey Tefertiller
Thinking like Valentine
Wed Aug 9, 2017 20:38
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John,

WF had “friends” and friendly law officers throughout the Motherlode. I read in this great book that Bob Paul was involved with WF long before his move to Arizona. By 1880, WF knew the area, knew the officers and knew whom they could trust.

Cachise County was burgeoning and brand new. Immigrants were cruising in from all directions. Some of them would become businessmen. Some miners. Some law officers. Some criminals. It was expected to become the new Motherlode; the next Comstock Lode. Perhaps the greatest mining venture of all time. That silver would be squeezing out of the hills and into the WF ore wagons, once the office was open. If it did turn into a huge strike, WF would be making both big runs and big money.

It makes perfect sense to me that Valentine would want some advance eyes to scope out the situation. I would think he would particularly want to know which law officers could be trusted, and which might be susceptible to bribes by criminal element. The more I think about it, the more it seems like a really good idea.

  • Wells FargoJohn Boessenecker, Wed Aug 9 18:23
    But there were way more stage robberies in California's Mother Lode country in 1879-1882 than ever took place in Southern Arizona during those years. And no one ever suggested that Wells Fargo... more
    • Thinking like Valentine — Casey Tefertiller, Wed Aug 9 20:38
      • Wells FargoJohn Boessenecker, Wed Aug 9 20:59
        I agree that Wells Fargo was way more established in California than in Southern Arizona, and the company surely realized how important a mining center Tombstone was becoming in 1879, but it still... more
        • Reading Valentine's mindCasey Tefertiller, Thu Aug 10 10:30
          John, That is the key point. How can we read Valentine’s mind? How can we know what he was thinking? Because something is usually done in one certain way does not mean it is always done in that way.... more
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