Monthly Archives: July 2007

Ride Sharing, Since 1858

In May 1976, Wells Fargo Bank’s Corporate Responsibility Committee found vanpools  “offer significant potential energy savings.” The committee recognized the energy conservation that could be realized by such a program and referred it to the appropriate departments in the bank… Continue reading


Owatonna Treasure

Owatonna, Minn.,  is a community of 24,000 people south of the Twin Cities . Wells Fargo proudly occupies the bank at 101 North Cedar St., an architectural marvel from 1908 by Louis Sullivan . Sullivan designed high-rises and rooted his philosophy in… Continue reading


Mr. Summers’ Vacation

Sparkletack  features an amazing video. It is the film taken by a tourist in 1941, visiting San Francisco with a movie camera. Sparkletack got the video, as he writes, from the Prelinger Archives . (It continues here.)  If you’re into things… Continue reading

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Wells Fargo And Oregon Steamers

Last week’s post on steamers prompted this elaboration by Steve Greenwood, our Curator at Wells Fargo’s Portland History Exhibit. (CR) Steamers were a vital part  of the Pacific Northwest’s economy, and the discovery of gold  in Oregon, Idaho and Montana… Continue reading

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A Historical Cup O’ Joe

Just had a thought after getting the afternoon Tully’s  / Starbucks  / Caribou  (pick yer chain!). Like everything under the sun, referring to coffee by brand name is not new. One research question I fielded many years ago was asking… Continue reading


155th Opening Day Anniversary

Today—July 13, 2007—marks 155 years to the date that Wells, Fargo, and Co. opened for business on Montgomery Street in San Francisco. The Corporate Archives is lucky enough to have a picture that documents the event. Ten gentlemen posed in… Continue reading


Food Products To Your Table

Fresh from orchard, field and vineyard is the farmer’s goal. With migration west , and expansion of the railroads  in the 19th century, new cities, ranches and farming communities sprang up in America. Postal and express operations, such as Wells Fargo… Continue reading

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Coastal Steamers

In the 19th century, roads were rough and railroad tracks were sparse. Steamships provided vital transportation of passengers and goods up and down the West Coast. Regular steamers departed San Francisco south for Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, San… Continue reading

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The West—Sez You!

The history of the American West  is a changing field, which makes sense if you follow the history of the environmental West. That is directly concerned with the changes in landscape from human actions. But the West as history has… Continue reading


Calling All Captions

Found this in the archives. It is Silver City, Idaho, and there’s a band on Wells Fargo’s deck. There’s probably a good reason for it—notice the building houses a photograph gallery. Meaning, a photographer trying to find a “hit” shot… Continue reading