THE LOST TREASURE OF
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST
STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST
Where is the lost treasure of Milton Sharp?
Milton Sharp was known throughout California and Nevada
as the polite stagecoach robber. He along with W.C. Bill Jones who was also
known as Frank Dow robbed around 20 Well Fargo Stagecoaches along the California
and Nevada border.
Jones was the rough one of the pair, with a full
beard and rough sounding voice that frightened not only the passengers but the
stagecoach guards as well. On the other hand, Milton Sharp was dressed very
nicely and very well mannered, not like an ordinary outlaw at all. Jones would
always hold the driver at bay with a gun pointed at them, as Milton would
regretfully state, "A thousand pardons for the inconvenience I have caused you,
but you see these are the hazards of my profession. We must relieve you of your
valuables." As they left with the loot, Milton would always bow and thank those
that they just robbed for compassion.
The robberies were normally without incident. No
one was hurt and Jones and Sharp would have the money and valuables of
passengers. However, on September 5, 1880 their luck changed drastically. Jones
decided to fire a couple of shots. One of the bullets killed one of the stage
horses and of course the stagecoach guard, Mike Tovey, fired back killing Jones.
Now, posters and rewards were all over the place
for Milton Sharp. He was finally captured San Francisco and placed in jail in
Aurora, Nevada. Sharp was questioned several times where he hid all the money he
had stolen but he refused to tell. In November of 1880, he along with a 15-pound
iron ball chained to his leg and disappeared out of the cell. He had managed to
work enough bricks loose in the wall of the jail to escape.
He gave him the fight after several weeks of hiding
and turned himself in to the Sheriff at Candelaria. He was once again placed
back in jail in Aurora, Nevada. He still never gave the whereabouts of the
stolen money. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison. He was then taken to
Carson City. He tried to get a pardon in 1881, but was refused. Shortly after
this time, he escaped from the Carson City prison and vanished for over four
years. However, he was captured again in Red Bluff, California on October 3,
1893 and was returned to prison.
Finally, on July 10, 1894 Sharp was released from
prison after Well Fargo recommended that Sharp be granted a pardon. He lived a
law abiding life and never mentioned the money he had stolen from any of the
robberies. As far as anyone can guess is that the loot is still where he hid it
along the stagecoach line along the California and Nevada border.
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