Newcastle in Weston County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Canyon Springs Station:
Site of the “Treasure Run” Stage Robbery
On the afternoon of 26 September 1878, a band of outlaws rode into Canyon Springs Station, locked the stable hand in the grain room, hid in the barn, and prepared for a shootout. The stage pulled into the ambush, and was attacked while the horse team was being changed. As bullets flew, one passenger died while two guards and two outlaws were wounded. The outlaws seized the stagecoach and drove it into the trees, where they cracked the uncrackable safe and made off with over $27,000 in gold bullion, currency, and jewelry (approximately $1.75 million in 2010. Forty percent of the gold was never recovered - according to local legend it is buried somewhere nearby.
Erected by Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office
Location. 44° 4.65′ N, 104° 8.268′ W. Marker is in Newcastle, Wyoming, in Weston County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 85 and Mallo Road, on the right when traveling south on U.S. 85. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 24695 U.S. Highway 85, Four Corners WY 82715, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cambria Salt Mine (approx. 7.3 miles away); Flying V Cambria Inn (approx. 8.9 miles away); Salt Creek Overlook (approx. 11 miles away); Cambria (approx. 11.3 miles away); Custer Expedition (approx. 11.8 miles away); Inyan Kara Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 16 miles away).
More about this marker. This marker is locate near the Four Corners Country Inn, but there are only three corners there.
Also see . . .
1. Cheyenne-Deadwood Stage - Wyoming Tales and Trails. With the stages carrying gold, the danger from road agents was always present, indeed, to such an extent that the line used a ironclad coach named the "Monitor" for transporting gold... Regular passengers were not permitted and extra guards known as "messengers" would be on board. (Submitted on September 25, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
2. Lame Johnny's Treasure - Canyon Springs Stage Robbery - 45 POUNDS OF GOLD! - TreasureNet. Cornelius Donahue, aka John A. Hurley, aka Lame Johnny, was a famous outlaw of the Black Hills region. Lame Johnny was born in Philadelphia about 1850 and came to the Black Hills in 1876 to seek his fortune. Usually his "fortune" was found by rustling horses but occassionally he and his gang went after stagecoaches. His most famous robbery was probably the stagecoach robbery of the armored stage known as the "Monitor" - a special stage built for the Homestake mine bullion shipments, equipped with loopholes for guns and a treasure box bolted to the floor. (Submitted on September 25, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 25, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 25, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 156 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 25, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.