Stagecoach Robberies in California

A Complete Record, 1856–1913


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About the Book

California was the mining center of the West for half a century. Wherever precious minerals were found, road agents appeared to “mine the roads” of treasure being shipped out and payrolls being shipped in. The first recorded robbery of a stagecoach occurred in 1856, and the last in 1913. Over that period there were 458 stagecoach robberies, many with special characteristics such as a claim the robbers were Confederate soldiers, a murder, a gun battle, or a thrilling pursuit and capture. Surprisingly, there were many robberies in which the perpetrator remained unknown or in which was so little stolen the robber was not even sought out. This book gives all the details of those robberies taken from the contemporary newspapers and from a variety of other sources.

About the Author(s)

R. Michael Wilson has been researching and writing about the history of the American West for more than a decade. A retired law enforcement officer, he is the author of numerous books on crime and capital punishment. He is a member of the Wild West History Association, and Western Writers of America.

Bibliographic Details

R. Michael Wilson
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 292
Bibliographic Info: appendix, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7996-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1541-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface 1
Introduction 3
Stagecoach Robberies by County
Alameda County    11
Amador County    11
Butte County    24
Calaveras County    29
Colusa County    58
El Dorado County    60
Fresno County    68
Inyo County    70
Kern County    73
Lake County    80
Lassen County    84
Los Angeles County    85
Madera County    88
Marin County    93
Mariposa County    93
Mendocino County    98
Merced County    116
Modoc County    119
Mono County    120
Monterey County    121
Napa County    127
Nevada County    133
Placer County    147
Plumas County    161
Sacramento County    167
San Benito County    167
San Bernardino County    167
San Diego County    169
San Joaquin County    171
San Luis Obispo County    173
San Mateo County    176
Santa Barbara County    178
Santa Clara County    183
Shasta County    188
Sierra County    215
Siskiyou County    220
Sonoma County    228
Stanislaus County    236
Tehama County    237
Trinity County    239
Tulare County    239
Tuolumne County    241
Yuba County    247
Appendix: Stagecoach Robberies Listed Chronologically 261
Bibliography 269
Index 271

Book Reviews & Awards

“meticulously researched…intriguing tales abound among the researched stories…a thorough and welcome addition”—Midwest Book Review.