The Wells Fargo Stagecoach makes hundreds of appearances each year, in communities across the country. Lately, we can add "around the globe": There are coaches on exhibit in India and China, and a couple weeks back the stagecoach rolled in the Lord Mayor’s Show in London. England.
Since the 13th century, the Lord Mayor of London is obliged to swear loyalty to the crown each year. As was the way of people in that long ago time, a magnificent spectacle demonstrated the seriousness of the act. So the parade got pretty magnificent over the years, so that the Mayor could show everyone that the affirmation was genuine.
This year, the stagecoach was invited to appear, as Wells Fargo’s business in England has grown. Wells Fargo in London isn’t new—the Company shipped express through Wells, Livingston & Co. in 1853, and transacted financial services through a correspondent relationship with Union Bank of London, beginning in 1854.
For this year’s Show, the stagecoach trekked across the Atlantic aboard a container ship. Texan Alan Cartwright, one of Wells Fargo’s longest-tenured drivers, took his ranch hands and flew over. A team of magnificent Friesians was assembled by John Peacock of Brentwood, U.K.
Next year I want to go. Strictly business, of course.