Monthly Archives: May 2009

You are Heritage.

When I wrote about Wells Fargo’s 1916 office in the Philippines a couple weeks ago, I got this response: Thanks for this entry. My wife grew up in the Philippines and I just eat up anything I can regarding FIlipino… Continue reading

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Stagecoach East

“The finest vehicles in the world without any dispute are stagecoaches,” a Boston paper trumpeted in 1825. After all, these democratic vehicles, the first public transportation, carried “the young and old, the rich and the poor, the great and small,… Continue reading


Memorial Day

            Thank you, soldier. Come home soon…. Continue reading

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“They Eat in the Living Room”

Like me, Jim Davis loves TV. But Davis is ahead (I’m not really keeping track) because he loves what’s on now, where I like old stuff. It gets interesting (weird, maybe?) when you consider Jim Davis’s “now” is the old… Continue reading

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Grandpa Lives in a Museum

One of the last things you’d expect to see while waiting around for some foreign currency is a photo of your grandpa. But that’s what happened to Nell, a visitor at our museum in Minneapolis. While her son exchanged money… Continue reading

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Philippines, 1916

In November 1916, the Wells Fargo Messenger reported on the Company’s new operations in the Philippines. The office of Wells Fargo & Co.’s Express was at 25 and 26 Calle David, Manila, just off the Escolta  — “Manila’s Broadway” at… Continue reading


All Aboard!

Sunday was Mother’s Day, but May 10th is also National Train Day.  On that date, cities around the nation celebrate the 140th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad  at Promontory Summit, Utah. The railroad not only transformed the… Continue reading


Call Your Mother

Amanda Hopper Koehler is an interpreter at the Old Sacramento History Museum. She joined Wells Fargo in May of 2007. Amanda enjoys giving tours and sharing Wells Fargo’s history with all the visitors to Old Sacramento. So do the right… Continue reading

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History Repeats Itself in Jesusita Fire

My beloved Santa Barbara is on fire again. I moved away to go to college in 1979, but my father still lives in the house I grew up in on San Roque Road. One of my first memories as a… Continue reading



In the nineteenth- and early twentieth centuries, Chinese and Japanese people in America were denied basic civil rights. The Exclusion Act of 1882 suspended Chinese immigration for ten years. The Act   was renewed in 1892 and made permanent in… Continue reading

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