Stagecoach robbery site dedicated in Shasta County

Sep 17, 2015 5:36 PM by News Staff

The site of an infamous stagecoach robbery was dedicated in Shasta County Thursday morning.

Members of the Bureau of Land Management and the Shasta Historical Society dedicated the site of the Wells Fargo stagecoach robbery along Middle Creek Trail near Old Shasta with an interpretive plaque.

The stagecoach was robbed by John and Charles Ruggles on May 14, 1892, as it traveled from Weaverville to Redding.

Close to $5,000 was said to have been taken by the brothers, who were captured a short time after and hung by a lynch mob who stormed the Redding Jail.

The plaque is intended to give a piece of Shasta County history to outdoor recreates.

Steve Woodrum donated about $1500 and partnered with the Redding Foundation to make the project possible.

The site is accessible on Middle Creek Trail, between Iron Mountain Road and Highway 299.

Officials say the great granddaughter of Amos Buck Montgomery, a Wells Fargo guard who died in a gunfight with the Ruggles, made the trip up from San Francisco to visit the site.


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