1893 wells fargo boxes lost in Ca. creek

nuggetman

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Dec 9, 2014
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I found this article in an old newspaper archive. The stage that delivered mail between Merced and Mariposa, Ca. was wrecked trying to ford a creek 4 miles outside Hornitos, Ca. The stage driver drowned and horses barely recovered from the waters. It goes on to say that the mail and wells fargo boxes were swept away by the water. I believe it's possible they are still burried in the creek somewhere near Hornitos....

Here is a link to article

https://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a...---en--20--1--txt-txIN-Hornitos+flood-------1
 

I never found Northrup's Creek; have you? I'm guessing it is between the 18 miles from Mariposa to Hornitos on the Old Toll Road.
You may wish to contact the Mariposa Museum and History Center (209) 966-2924 for more information--including asking them for info on how to contact the local historian-- if the Museum personnel don't have your answer.
Don...
PS: Welcome to TreasureNet !!

 

If you find it keep quiet cause Wells Fargo will take it away
 

Hornitos 1914 Map.jpg

1914

Good luck to all,

The Old Bookaroo, CM
 

It's Burns creek for sure....at the third crossing from Hornitos...Does anyone happen to know any property owners in the area? I know it's all private land and would like to get permission to search the creek with a detector.
 

Check local laws. You may be legal if you stay in the creek. I know some states have that for fishing rights. Just getting there might be a problem without permission
 

I read the newspaper articles and it to me it sounds much more like a stage driver doing his best to stay on schedule and making a poor decision to continue on.

I'm sure there was a lot of pressure to keep on going - particularly with a fortune in the box.

Good luck to all,

The Old Bookaroo, CM
 

Doesn't really state what was inside the boxes
 

Bass:

You are correct! I was thinking of another treasure story when I wrote that.

My apologies for the error.


Good luck to all,

The Old Bookaroo, CM
 

Oh, I didn't mean that in the wrong way. I'm sure there was some goodies inside but they never stated what exactly
 

Bass:

Thanks for your post! It certainly wasn't taken the wrong way. I appreciate it! I enjoy being correct. If I make a mistake I find it helpful to have it pointed out I have more questions than answers (and, according to some people, more opinions than facts).

Good luck to all,

The Old Bookaroo, CM
 

Just about anything that survived in the boxes would be very valuable ..even mail!
 

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