Few American firms have a history that is as rich, and fascinating, as Wells Fargo. The company started by providing financial services to pioneers, merchants, and miners in the West via every means imaginable – including sailing and steam ships, stagecoaches, the Pony Express, and railroads – and has evolved technologically in lock-step with the nation since then.
Along the way Wells Fargo collected a treasure trove of historical artifacts, which it keeps in its corporate archive and displays in 11 museums. The company also showcases these pieces on its excellent Guided by History blog.
The site covers all sorts of topics, from the development of the first refrigerated railroad car to the most important elements of an old Western envelope. There’s even a post describing the role oysters played in the company’s history.
Check out the full blog here.