As banks like Wells Fargo underwent a revolution in the mid-1900s, giveaways were a way to attract new customers and, over time, become reflections of shared memories and lifelong relationships.
About Alyssa BentzAlyssa Bentz is a Corporate Historian for Wells Fargo.
As more customers used computers in their daily lives, Wells Fargo innovated new tools to improve their banking experience. In 1995, they created the first online banking platform.
In creating a new nation, America’s founding fathers established the first commercial bank in the nation. It provided loans to the government and businesses and helped the fledging economy prosper.
Learn about the enduring tradition of celebrating community events with the Wells Fargo stagecoach.
In 1976, Wells Fargo made history by becoming the first major bank to offer team members paid leave to volunteer in their communities in programs of their choice.
In the 1940s, Elizabeth “Betty” Wall got a loan from a local bank to join a local Sky Club. She used her flight experience to become one of the first women to fly military aircraft in U.S. history.
The threat of bank runs during the Great Depression pushed many banks to find innovative new ways to secure their depositors’ money and provide economic stability to their communities.
A Wells Fargo historian shares how the exchange of money has evolved from papers with handwritten instructions and signatures to digital payments.
Whether delivering mail and money to customers or starring in the Stagecoach Appearance Program, Wells Fargo’s horses have always been well-fed, well-cared for, and well-loved.
Northwestern National Bank installed a 157-foot-tall Weatherball atop its building in downtown Minneapolis in 1949, making it the largest bank sign between Chicago and the West Coast.
Find out how the introduction of motor banks in the 1930s made banking more convenient for customers — and led to future innovations.
Find out how a Wells Fargo business loan helped people with blindness and low vision have more access to reading materials.
Find out how Wells Fargo’s first recycling program began — and led to decades of sustainability and corporate responsibility.
After Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882, Wells Fargo agents testified on behalf of Chinese customers and supported their businesses.
A Wells Fargo historian shares why an Arizona businessman and Wells Fargo express agent abandoned his freight company out of loyalty to the U.S.
Find out how a Wells Fargo agent in 1864 stopped at nothing to deliver mail, money, and newspapers to customers — and how he later became the company’s president.
James McKaye, an original board member for Wells Fargo, was an abolitionist whose work led to the creation of the Freedmen’s Bureau in 1864 to protect the rights of African Americans.
Find out how Robert “Patt“ Patterson went from being a civil rights activist to the first African American in Greensboro, North Carolina, to hold a management position at a major bank.
In 1967, Shirley Nelson made history when she became the first female branch manager for Wells Fargo, paving the way for other female leaders.
Find out how a song originally written for a bank commercial became a hit — and one of the most popular wedding songs.
A Wells Fargo historian shares the stories of Col. George S. Roberts and Lt. Col. James A. Walker, two former team members who were part of the famous Tuskegee Airmen.
A Wells Fargo historian shares the story of the company's participation in the San Francisco Pride parade each year since 1992 and the growth of the PRIDE Team Member Network.
Throughout their lives, Henry Wells and William G. Fargo, the founders of Wells, Fargo & Co., were known for their innovation and dedication to customers.
Find out how the historic stagecoach came to Wells Fargo’s museum in San Francisco — and what significant events were part of its journey.
A Wells Fargo historian shares how a banker — wanting to make his customers feel comfortable and welcomed — created the company’s Chinese name in 1971.
In the late 1800s, Mary Langdon built a business that covered hundreds of miles along the Pacific Coast in a male-dominated industry.
A Wells Fargo historian shares how full-colored stagecoach designs made their way into Wells Fargo checkbooks, revolutionizing the ‘rather dull field’ of bank checks.
Find out how the Pony Express allowed people across the U.S. to hear the latest news and get in touch with friends and family quicker than ever — and why a national crisis made the service essential.
Learn how Wells Fargo’s Food Products Department helped farmers and gave customers a new way to buy the foods they loved.