Here are some of Wells Fargo’s historical stagecoaches—then and now. Learn More
Wells Fargo’s sturdy Concord stagecoaches were crafted of the finest materials by the Abbot-Downing Company of Concord, New Hampshire, coach makers of the highest reputation. Wells Fargo stagecoaches provided speedy service across a vast territory in the nineteenth century. The (Butterfield) Overland route stretched to the Pacific starting in 1858. From 1866-69, Wells Fargo operated the major overland stagecoach routes west of the Missouri River, covering 2,500 miles of territory from California to Nebraska, Arizona to Idaho. Skilled drivers guided coaches pulled by teams of four or six horses, at an average speed of five miles per hour. There were stops every twelve miles to change horses, and about every forty-five miles to allow driver and passengers to eat a quick meal.
Here are some of Wells Fargo’s stagecoach photos. See More
Wells Fargo’ present Stagecoach Appearance Program began on June 14, 1958. Sport Fellingham, a local rancher, drove a Wells Fargo stagecoach at the event marking the opening of a new banking store in Hayward, California. Dale Robertson, star of the television show “Tales of Wells Fargo,” rode along with Fellingham. The popularity of that event prompted a national program, which has since generated annual audiences in the millions every year. A stagecoach appearance shows Wells Fargo’s commitment to the communities we serve: Every stagecoach appearance is a distinct reflection of Wells Fargo’s vision and values, history, and brand. The stagecoach is a tangible connection with our customers—Wells Fargo is here for them, now and over time.