Happy Birthday, Wells Fargo

162 years young today!

On March 18, 1852 Henry Wells and William Fargo signed the Articles of Association at the Astor House in New York City creating Wells, Fargo & Co. They were already successful express businessmen on the Atlantic Coast, but looking west they saw an opportunity to expand and bring reliable banking and express services to customers on the Pacific Coast. The discovery of gold in California in 1848 changed the financial landscape of the country, as thousands rushed there in search of fortune.  It would take an honest and reliable company with express experience and a customer focus to earn the trust of the miners and help connect the coasts. Wells, Fargo & Co. was just the company for the job, and was quickly deemed so honest and reliable that miners would swear, “By God and Wells, Fargo.”

Henry Wells and William G. Fargo (Wells Fargo Corporate Archives)

Henry Wells and William G. Fargo (Wells Fargo Corporate Archives)

The past 162 years have seen great changes, but the entrepreneurial spirit of Henry Wells and William Fargo lives on. Please help us celebrate by visiting one of our museum locations on March 18, 2014!

All events and activities are free and open to the public!

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5 Responses to Happy Birthday, Wells Fargo

  1. Charlie James says:

    Happy Birthday Wells Fargo. 162 years later, stonger than ever taking care of their customers first !

  2. Coach Pete says:

    I’m proud to be a team member, shareholder, customer of Americas Community Bank – Wells Fargo & Co. Serving out customers and communities nationwide since 1852 – CONGRATULATIONS! To everyone associated to an American icon on this milestone. Best Regards, Coach Pete

  3. Tammy C. Peterson says:

    I believe Henry Wells and William G. Fargo would be as proud as I am. We, as Team Members have helped to make Wells Fargo the financial success it is today. One of the Greatest Financial Instututions in the Unites States and the world. I look forward to see even greater success in the future!

  4. sierra D.anna says:

    i wish i had met the beutiful yong women driving a stage coach

  5. Jun Zhou says:

    When is Wells Fargo coming to China? I hope to see Wells Fargo and stagecoaches cross the pacific ocean and start a new adventure in China!

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