Horsing Around and Getting Hitched

Last weekend, Wells Fargo Historians “horsed around” in the San Francisco History Museum, decorating the premises for the Season. Holiday decorations included a stagecoach full of horses—especially Maggies. Maggie is the eighth limited edition Wells Fargo Plush Pony since 2003. Her real life counterpart represented Wells Fargo in San Francisco’s Work Horse Parade in 1909. Now, there are Maggies all over, and inside, the stagecoach.

(And check out the “Make Maggie a Happy Pony!” game. There’s also Maggie’s pdf Activity book, in spanish as well as english.)

Plush pony Maggie (click for larger image in a new window)In the Days of Old and the Days of Gold, Wells Fargo moved by horsepower: Wells Fargo stagecoaches were pulled by four or six horses.”Horses are the pride of Wells Fargo service,” the company declared. “Our most faithful employee and friend”—nicely groomed, harnesses oiled, brass fittings polished, and hitched in matched pairs—was Wells Fargo’s best advertisement.

Driving the authentic Concord coach in the Museum is Trixie, originally a paint Click here to learn about third-party website links from Ardmore, Oklahoma Click here to learn about third-party website links, who prefers to get where she is going sooner rather than later. By her side is an equally large Trixie, riding shotgun. She arrived inWells Fargo’s stable of Plush Ponies for the 2005 holiday season.

“Wheelers,” Click here to learn about third-party website links the big muscular horses closest to the coach, are real Princes. The collectible Plush Pony named for Prince, also from Ardmore, appeared in 2006. Our wheelers are a pair of matched grays Click here to learn about third-party website links, 5 and a half feet long and 11 hands high Click here to learn about third-party website links in horse talk.

This year, the two Princes got hitched. The blushing brides are two agile Maggies, 5 feet long and 10 and a half hands high. Being smart, they are the pair of leader horses. And yes, the hitching is proper. Just like on Wells Fargo’s Overland Stagecoaches of the 1860s, the ribbons go where they should, allowing Trixie to turn Prince and Maggie to the left or right as needed.

Life size plush ponies at the Wells Fargo Museum in San Francisco(If you’re wondering if you can purchase these and how much they cost, the answer is—sorry, you can’t. They are not available for sale.)

If you are in downtown San Francisco, come by to see an authentic 4-horse hitch. Say “Hi” to Trixie, Prince, and Maggie—and as a memento, take home a little Maggie from the Museum Store!

This entry was posted in Holidays, Miscellaneous, Museums, Stagecoach. Bookmark the permalink.

5 Responses to Horsing Around and Getting Hitched

  1. Peter says:

    I was in the Wells Fargo History Museum in Phoenix today, and I have to tell you they have done a fantastic job of decorating for the Holiday Season. The coach on the plaza and the Abbot-Downing Concord Coach inside the museum look fantastic. I’m angry that I had to buy calendars – my last bank always gave me a freebie! Now that I have my account at Wells Fargo I would expect at least a one page calendar for the year! Anyway, Happy Holidays to the bank of my choice!!

  2. Dan says:

    Our family and I would love to go see these Museums, stagecoaches, etc. Love the history on Wells Fargo.

    My Fiance and I love your bank and we did the “Refer a Friend” and got free ponies but were disappointed to find out that they ran out and didn’t have enough for us all. And you are right, you can’t buy them. Also, they have only been given out to those who open a checking package during December. So we were really disappointed when two of us didn’t receive ponies out of four people.

    By the way, we have 3 generations at banking with Wells Fargo!

  3. lisa says:

    wah wah i didnt get a pony! Geezzz!

  4. Victoria says:

    I want Maggie!

Guided By History

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.

Your questions and comments really matter to us! We're glad you want to join the conversation and connect with other readers. All we ask is that you keep some simple guidelines in mind:

  • Stay on-topic. Only comments that are related to the subject of the blog entry will be posted.
  • Be respectful. It's okay if you disagree with a post or comment, but please, no personal attacks or offensive language.
  • Maintain your privacy and confidentiality.Please do not provide any of your specific account details or other personal information! If you have immediate service needs, please contact your bank representative or Customer Service.
  • Wells Fargo team members: In the interest of full disclosure, if you are a current employee of or are associated with Wells Fargo, please make note of your affiliation.