For more than a century, some $28,000.00 in
gold and silver coins have been missing after the little known Wham
Paymaster Robbery occurred near Pima,
Arizona. Though eight suspects were
caught and tried for the crime, they walked away free men. The tale of the
robbery and the mystery that surrounds remains unsolved today.
In the early morning hours of May 11, 1889,
U.S. Army Paymaster, Major Joseph Washington Wham was preparing for a trek
from Fort Grant to
Fort Thomas to pay the
salaries. The day before, he had made payments to the troops and
Fort Grant, but the men at
Fort Thomas, Camp San Carlos and
Fort Apache were awaiting their pay.
The Wham Paymaster Robbery inspired