The Weird West
The U.S. Secret Service was created in 1865 by President Lincoln to combat rampant counterfeiting. In 1869, President Grant persuaded Congress to replace the Pinkerton Detective Agency, which had been contracted to investigate federal crimes, with an expanded role for the Secret Service.
Since that time, the Service has acted as the only nationwide law enforcement agency in the United States, focusing on criminal enterprises that operate in multiple states. Rumor has it that the Service is also involved in foreign espionage and perhaps even investigations into the Weirdness.
The Secret Service is formally headquartered in Washington, D.C. as part of the Department of the Treasury. However, several newspapers, most notably the Tombstone Epitaph, insist that the organization’s true base of operations is somewhere out West.
The Secret Service employs agents from all walk of life and also frequently hires out consultants to plug gaps in skills or resources. The party has met several individuals affiliated with the Secret Service.
- Thomas Edison: the world’s most famous inventor is a technical consultant for the Service.
- “Sam”: a man with dark bushy eyebrows, wild hair, and surprisingly well-groomed mustache, he contracted the heroes to investigate the Pinkertons and Hellstromme Ironworks for their connection to the Wizard.