On July 13, 1852, Wells Fargo and Co’s Express opened its doors at 114 Montgomery Street in bustling San Francisco. The first known eastbound transaction was $100, sent to Buffalo, New York.
Up the river about 90 miles, the Sacramento office opened the same day. Wells Fargo History Museums are today located in San Francisco’s Financial District and historic Old Sacramento, in the same areas as those original offices.
A few months later, when the Portland, Oregon office opened, there were dozens of Wells Fargo offices in pioneer villages, mining camps and cities on the Pacific coast. Eventually, Wells Fargo had over 10,000 offices.
Today, with more than 9,000 stores and 12,000 ATMs (pdf), Wells Fargo celebrates our 160th birthday.
Here’s to the next 160!