In February 1855, a steamer arrived in San Francisco with news that a major St Louis bank had failed. Financial panic swept through central California. Rancher Louis Remme couldn't withdraw his $6,000 from Adams & Company in Sacramento. His only hope was the bank's Portland, Oregon branch. Portland had no telegraph. If he could beat the steamer north, he might be able to get his money before its managers learned of the collapse. The determined rancher headed into a northern California winter. 6 days and 11 horses later, he had completed the 665-mile trek. When the steamer arrived in Portland, the local banks quickly closed, but Reme already had his money.
from Reader's Digest Strange Stories, Amazing Facts of America's Past