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El Toro – The Story of a Legendary Wells Fargo Horse from South of the Border English Spanish Chinese
Snowflake and the Ferry Boat English Spanish Chinese
Mack and the Stagecoach English Spanish Chinese
How Lightning Got Her Name English Spanish
Take a Ride Around Town With Al a Wells Fargo Pony English Spanish
Shamrock the Great Delivery HorseEnglishSpanishChinese
Nellie Saves the Day English Spanish Chinese
Bridget and Her Treats English Spanish Chinese
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
A Wells Fargo historian shares how the company’s ATMs have improved the customer experience over time, from “Silver Service” ATMs at just a few branches in the 1970s to more than 13,000 today.
Mary Roebling was the first woman to run a major U.S. bank. She made history in 1937 when she became president of Trenton Trust Company, now part of Wells Fargo.
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.
Foiling counterfeiters Bank of North America (now Wells Fargo) pays extra for difficult-to-copy designs on paper to protect customers.
...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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
Shopping at home Catalog shopping takes off, with payments sent and packages delivered by Wells Fargo.
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
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.
The best interests of the customer are always in the best interests of the bank.” – Frederick Lipman, President, Wells Fargo Nevada National Bank
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
Whatever technology provides better service, we’re going to find a way to use it.” – Paul Hazen, Wells Fargo Chairman and CEO, 1996
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
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.
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
Find out how Wells Fargo’s stagecoaches in 1868 were a “sight never seen before” and how some of those stagecoaches live on today.
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.
Alexander Cartwright became Wells Fargo & Co.’s express agent in Honolulu in February 1861, but before that, he helped create the game of baseball.
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.
A Wells Fargo historian shares how the company’s funding of Silicon Valley enterprises began with a video game.