I became famous for the ride I gave Horace Greeley, a journalist for the New York Daily Tribune, over the Sierra Nevada Mountains, from Virginia City, to Placerville. Here is part of that story, "Greeley had complained to his driver, Hank, that the trip was going too slowly and he needed to reach Placerville, where he had a lecture engagement. It seems the constant grumblings from Greeley caused the driver to speed up and drive his team furiously. Hank yelled to Greeley, “Keep your seat, Horace; I’ll get you there on time!” Stories about the trip were written and retold in many mining towns. Even Mark Twain and Artemus West used the story to embellish their own lectures. I never did consider myself famous but if you ask any of my passengers all they care about is getting them there.