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Near Martell in Amador County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

To The Memory of Mike Tovey

Wells Fargo Messenger

 
 
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By Syd Whittle, April 8, 2011
1. To The Memory of Mike Tovey Marker
Inscription. Michael (“Mike”) Tovey, Wells Fargo Messenger was killed and DeWitt Clinton Radcliff, stage driver injured on this spot, June 15, 1893, by a lone bandit who attempted to hold up the regular six-horse stage on the old Ione - Jackson Stage Road.

A line of stages was established in 1850, running between Sacramento and Sonora via Q Ranch (near Ione) Jackson, Mokelumne Hill, Angels and Columbia. Over $256,000,000 in gold bullion is said to have been carried in the early days over this, the main artery to the “Mother Lode” and southern mines.

In memory of these and many other brave, intrepid, self-sacrificing and loyal Wells Fargo messengers and stage drivers of California, this tablet is dedicated.
 
Erected 1929 by Historic Landmarks Committee, Native Sons & Native Daughters of the Golden West of Amador County.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. 38° 20.956′ N, 120° 50.825′ W. Marker is near Martell, California, in Amador County. Marker is on State Highway 88/104 1.6 miles west of Ridge Road (State Highway 104), on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Martell CA 95654, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
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By Syd Whittle, April 8, 2011
2. To The Memory of Mike Tovey Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Amador Ledger (approx. 2.5 miles away); Martell Stage Station (approx. 3 miles away but has been reported missing); In Memory of the Heros of Amador County (approx. 3.1 miles away); 1854 · Amador County · 1954 (approx. 3.4 miles away); Argonaut and Kennedy Mines (approx. 3.4 miles away); University of California Foothill Field Station (approx. 3.4 miles away); Argonaut Mine (approx. 3.4 miles away); Jackson (approx. 3.4 miles away).
 
Regarding To The Memory of Mike Tovey. In his book California – A Landmark History, published in 1941, Joseph A. Knowland writes:
On the state highway between Jackson and Ione, in Amador County, on September 9, 1929, a tablet was dedicated to the memory of Mike Tovey, Wells Fargo messenger, and to DeWitt Clinton Radcliff, stage driver, the former being killed and the latter injured by a lone bandit on that spot thirty-six years previously. The monument is of marble, and the bronze marker contains a reproduction of an early six-horse Concord coach. The inscription tells the story of the early holdup and points out that the plaque is:
‘In memory of the many other brave, intrepid, self-sacrificing and loyal Wells Fargo Messengers and Stage Drivers of California’.

At the dedication,
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By Syd Whittle, April 8, 2011
3. To The Memory of Mike Tovey Marker
over a thousand gathered, and included in the group were California pioneers, former drivers and messengers, Wells Fargo officials, representatives of State and County Governments, and a large number of Native Sons and Native Daughters who were responsible for the erection of this memorial.

 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. A marker placed 25 miles east at the site of another Wells Fargo Stage robbery where Mike Tovey served as the Wells Fargo Messenger.
 
Also see . . .
1. Murder By A Bandit. An article published in the Hennessey Clipper on June 17, 1893 and transcribed by Mollie Stehno reports on the shooting and attemped robbery. (Submitted on April 10, 2011.) 

2. Mike Tovey. A Find-A-Grave posting displaying photos and detailing the reported murder of Mike Tovey by Milt Sharp. (Submitted on April 10, 2011.) 
 
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Detail of Artwork on the Marker image. Click for full size.
May 2011
4. Detail of Artwork on the Marker
Marker Dedication Ceremony image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of the Native Sons of the Golden West, September 29, 1929
5. Marker Dedication Ceremony
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 599 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   4. submitted on .   5. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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