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Driver’s Name: Mike Located in: Minnesota Number of years: 15 Most interesting experience: No two days are the same. I’m saving the good stuff for my book. Fun fact: I built my first carriage in high school shop class. A friend said, “Bet your going to drive that in the midsummer parade.” I’ve never looked back. Horse type: Percheron/Quarter Horse cross



Driver’s Name: Ty Located in: Iowa Number of years: 10 Most interesting experience: Participating in and witnessing behind the scenes of Wells Fargo photo shoots. Fun facts: Horses have been a part of my life since I was 2. Horse type: Quarter Horses



Driver’s Name: Michael Located in: Oregon Number of years: 16 Most interesting experience: Meeting other drivers and sharing stories, knowledge, and lore. Fun facts: I grew up on a farm in southeastern Minnesota, where we used horsepower. At the age of 9, I could hitch 5 horses to a grain binder and do a man’s work. Horse type: American Warmbloods, in particular Georgian Grandes, a breeding blend of Saddlebred and draft horse



Driver’s Name: Gary Located in: Colorado Number of years: 15 Most interesting experience: Driving chuck wagons at the Houston rodeo. Fun facts: I love to travel with the stagecoach. Horse type: Quarter Horses



Driver’s Name: Jimmy Located in: Texas Number of years: 4 Most interesting experience: Seeing a street sweeper coming down the street toward the horses before the parade was over. Fun facts: I love talking to people about the stagecoaches. Horse type: None at this time.



Driver’s Name: Troy Located in: Arizona Number of years: 15 Most interesting experience: Driving chuck wagons at the Houston rodeo. Fun facts: I love to travel with the stagecoach. Horse type: Quarter Horses



Foiling counterfeiters Bank of North America (now Wells Fargo) pays extra for difficult-to-copy designs on paper to protect customers.


Quote for 1700s

...the establishment of the bank is an event as extraordinary in itself as any domestic occurrence during the progress of the revolution.” – Thomas Paine, 1784

Quote for 1700s2018-11-28T14:10:07-08:00


Moving money Instead of sending heaving coins — or even cows — to his brother, Revolutionary War Colonel Owen Biddle sends a Bank of North America (now Wells Fargo) check.



Funding the Revolution The Continental Congress charters the Bank of North America (now Wells Fargo) to create new financial tools for a fledgling nation. Read more about a revolution in banking



Achieving the impossible Overland Mail Company stagecoaches, financed by Wells Fargo, travel day and night across thousands of miles — proving wrong critics who said it was impossible.


Quote for 1850s-1800s

Wells, Fargo & Co. is extending its business everywhere there is a possible opening, and to many places where there was none until they cut the way.” – Newspaper, 1855

Quote for 1850s-1800s2018-11-28T13:55:58-08:00


Earning trust Needing a safe place to put his money during the Gold Rush, John Topping entrusts his gold to a Wells Fargo agent in Folsom, California.



Introducing Wells Fargo New towns and cities emerge as people pursued opportunity in distant places. In San Francisco, people turn to Wells Fargo to get money, news, and more. Read more about the founders



Guarding the gold One of the most highly regarded security forces in the industry, Wells Fargo uses armed guards, reinforced treasure boxes, forensics, and more. Read more about outwitting outlaws


Quote for 1870s-1860s

Our lives are not measured by the number of years and days we exist but by what we accomplish … and the good we may render to our fellow men.” – Henry Wells, 1875

Quote for 1870s-1860s2018-11-28T13:41:52-08:00


Bridging gaps President Lincoln calls for a transcontinental railroad. While the lines are being built, passengers use Wells Fargo stagecoaches to stay connected and send money.



Shopping at home Catalog shopping takes off, with payments sent and packages delivered by Wells Fargo.



Supporting Reconstruction When Georgia’s railroads and economy lay in ruins, the Atlanta National Bank (now Wells Fargo), the first nationally regulated bank in the South, provides loans to help rebuild.



Recovering from the Great Quake A new vault saves customers’ accounts and money during the San Francisco earthquake and fire. Read more about the recovery



Translating trust Chinese-speaking customers trust Wells Fargo’s translators and express service would get their letters delivered. Read more about our customers



Brokering a buy Stockbroker A.G. Edwards (now Wells Fargo) connects St. Louis stock buyers to distant markets so they can invest in new industries.


Quote for 1910s-1880s

Efficient service and courteous treatment of patrons built up the business of Wells Fargo & Company, and the same qualities maintain that service today.” – Advertisement, 1913

Quote for 1910s-1880s2020-04-10T11:09:30-07:00

Quote for 1940s–1920s

The best interests of the customer are always in the best interests of the bank.” – Frederick Lipman, President, Wells Fargo Nevada National Bank

Quote for 1940s–1920s2019-04-01T14:09:34-07:00


Promoting war bonds More than half of the cost of World War II is financed by loans for defense companies and bonds sold at banks like First National Bank of Palm Beach (now Wells Fargo) in Florida.



Enabling the American Dream To boost the depressed economy, Congress creates federally insured mortgages sold by banks. Not originally available to everyone, these loans enable a generation of homeowners and start conversations that lead to improved lending programs in following decades.



Security in a dangerous time As infamous robbers target banks, Wells Fargo leverages the latest in technological advancements — steel vaults — to safeguard customers’ wealth.



Cars on credit Originally meant for only the richest, average Americans can now buy their first car by taking out a loan. By the late 1920s, 60% of cars are bought on credit.



Automating for efficiency Americans are writing close to 35 million checks a year. To get customers their money faster, Wells Fargo invests millions of dollars in computers and builds a dedicated data processing center.



Dispensing convenience “Banking hours” disappear when customers get access to money night and day at a Wells Fargo Express Stop ATM. Read more about ATMs


Quote for 1970s-1950s

What we’re really doing, in effect, is sowing a seed and trying to cultivate it into a full-fledged banking relationship with us.” – Gary Bowers, Vice President, Wells Fargo, 1978

Quote for 1970s-1950s2020-04-10T10:52:25-07:00


Meeting a capital challenge The first technology companies of Silicon Valley look to Wells Fargo for specialized lending services. Read about loans that grew Atari



Expanding education opportunity The launch of the Soviet satellite Sputnik spurs Americans to focus on education. While federal programs provide some funding, students and families turn to Wells Fargo for additional loans.



Banking on the go Customers have a new way to access their accounts on their phones.



Banking over the Web The rise of personal computers connected to the internet changes customers’ expectations for convenience. Wells Fargo responds by becoming the first major bank to offer banking online. Read more about being the first in online banking



Keeping phone lines open all day Wells Fargo is the first bank in California to offer customers 24/7 banking by telephone from the comfort of their home.


Quote for 2000s–1980s

Whatever technology provides better service, we’re going to find a way to use it.” – Paul Hazen, Wells Fargo Chairman and CEO, 1996

Quote for 2000s–1980s2019-04-25T11:23:28-07:00


Keeping pace As the number of cars in the U.S. doubles to 50 million between 1945 and 1955, free parking and motor banking becomes standard at Wells Fargo. Read more about motor banks



Driver’s Name: George Located in: California Number of years: 25 Most interesting experience: Pulling one of the largest floats in the Tournament of Roses Parade with 10 Belgian Horses. Fun facts: It’s a family tradition: My wife and son also drive the stagecoach. Plus we complete in other horse events. Horse type: Quarter Horse cross, Mustangs



Driver’s Name: Rod Located in: California Number of years: 24 Most interesting experience: Participating in the Fourth of July parades are so special and rewarding for me because they bring a part of the history of the West and this great nation of ours back to life. Fun fact: I love to see the smiles on the faces and hear the cheers for the stagecoach and horses. For some, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The kids are always amazed and awestruck seeing the horses up close and the sounds of the wheels rolling and chains clinking. Horse type: Standard Bred/Quarter



Driver’s Name: Paul Located in: California Number of years: 46 Most interesting experience: Driving cross country for the Nixon Inaugural parade and outriding in it. Hauling the California Governor Pete Wilson to open cross town freeway in Stockton, California. Fun facts: I belong to Back Country Horsemen, Riding and Driving Society, Red Wing Collectors Club & Farm Bureau. Collect antique trucks and John Deere two-cylinders. My other job is a cattle rancher. Horse type: Percheron/Standard Bred cross