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.”
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!
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