1852

Wells Fargo forms in New York City in March; first offices open in California in July
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1855

Since the beginning, Wells Fargo has offered financial services to customers in their own language
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1858

Overland Mail Co. the first transcontinental stagecoach line from Missouri to California
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1860

Wells Fargo opens first office in Mexico; International business since the beginning in Canada, Europe, and Panama
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1861

Wells Fargo assumes control of Pony Express operations between Salt Lake City and San Francisco
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1866

Wells Fargo combines major stagecoach lines in the West
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1868

Henry Wells’ proudest achievement was founding Wells College for women in Aurora, New York in 1868
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1869

Wells Fargo banker JKS Latham helped women business owners get started
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1871

Wells Fargo’s bilingual publications facilitated commerce with Chinese-language customers
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1872

Northwestern National Bank forms in Minneapolis; William G. Fargo is an original stock holder
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1879

Wachovia National Bank founded in Winston, North Carolina
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1888

“...Proper respect must be shown to all...”
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1893

Wells Fargo advertises Ocean to Ocean service
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1906

“Building destroyed. Vault intact. Our position unimpaired.”
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1912

The Wells Fargo Messenger keeps employees up to date with company and industry news
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1916

The Wells Fargo Messenger featured the role of Wells Fargo express in an exciting new industry - motion pictures.
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1917

Wells Fargo money orders helped U.S. troops send money home
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1918

Wells Fargo & Co.'s Express ends with World War I.
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1929

Northwestern Bancorporation consolidates Midwestern banks
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1930s

Wells Fargo offered loans to veterans to build homes and start new businesses
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1933

Wells Fargo Bank promises shareholders regular dividends
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1935

“History Room” museum opens in San Francisco, the first of 11 current Wells Fargo Museums
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1940s

Women go to work in great numbers
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1949

Renewed correspondent banking business in Japan
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1950s

Americans are on the go in cars
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1958

A new era in public relations-Wells Fargo stagecoach on parade
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1967

Wells Fargo and 3 other banks introduced MasterCharge® cards.
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1968

National Bank of Alaska opened a library and museum to collect and exhibit Alaska’s unique heritage
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1973

Bundled checking and other features in one account
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1978

Wells Fargo Express Stop® in 10 California locations
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1981

Wells Fargo team members produced a Spanish language radio series on banking and finance
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1992

Wells Fargo’s first LGBT team member event formed a contingent for San Francisco’s Lesbian & Gay Freedom Day
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1995

Wells Fargo 1st US bank to offer secure access to accounts on the internet
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1998

Wells Fargo and Norwest join in a merger of equals
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2004

Financial literacy program in English and Spanish
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2006

EnvelopeFreeSM ATM® machines eliminated 16 million paper envelopes
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2008

Wells Fargo and Wachovia Bank join
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2012

Wells Fargo Mobile® banking serves 8.5 million customers
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2015

Travelogue, the interactive Museum activity on wellsfargohistory.com
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2016

Wells Fargo will open a museum in Des Moines, Iowa - our 12th history museum.
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