Monthly Archives: March 2012

Strawberry Village forever

Well, for an afternoon, anyway. Tomorrow in Mill Valley, Calif., Wells Fargo’s Mobile Museum launches its 2012 tour, and continues Wells Fargo’s participation in the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge. The Mobile Museum will be at Strawberry Village,… Continue reading

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Home-grown donuts

Sharon Robinson is the Museum Manager in our Charlotte location. This is her first post for GBH, and as big Sharon fans, we’re super excited. Sharon has an MA in Museum Studies/Historic Preservation. A native of Western North Carolina, Sharon… Continue reading

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Barbara Raus

One of the things in our history we’re proudest of is the fact that delivery of service every day is by regular people, doing their jobs. Wells Fargo the company can boast a heritage of stability, competence and yes, “160… Continue reading

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Built in the Bay Area

Yesterday we kicked off the 75th anniversary celebration of the Golden Gate Bridge. The event was at the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito, near the north anchorage of the Bridge. The event featured stagecoach rides, story reading by Casey… Continue reading

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160 years: March 18, 1852

Although better known for its business in the western U.S., Wells Fargo & Company was actually born in New York—right on Broadway—on March 18, 1852. Henry Wells and William G. Fargo saw the business opportunities for a reliable banking and… Continue reading

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Henry Wells

Henry Wells was born in Thetford, Vermont, in 1805. He didn’t enter the industry that was to make his name part of one of the most valuable brands in the world until he was 36 years old. It didn’t take… Continue reading

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160 years in Portland

Portland, Ore. became the hub of Wells Fargo’s business in the Pacific Northwest largely because of its location. The meeting of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers made it ideal for shipping. In the early 1850s, Oregon was home to farmers,… Continue reading

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William Fargo

William Fargo (1818-1881) was born in Pompey, New York, the eldest of 12 children. He took a job delivering mail on horseback around Pompey. Fargo took a job in 1841 as a railroad freight agent. He soon met Henry Wells,… Continue reading

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California’s first city

Sacramento began as the dream of a Swiss pioneer named Johan Sutter who, depending on what story you believe, was an adventurer and entrepreneur or a fraud and a swindler. When Sutter arrived in Northern California in 1840 he became… Continue reading

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Pioneering women

Michelle Colandro is Curator at our history museum in Charlotte. Before joining Wells Fargo, she worked across the street for the Mint Museum of Craft + Design in Charlotte. This is her first post on Guided by History, and we… Continue reading

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