This Date in Wells Fargo History Daily: This Date in History news feed. en-US Copyright 2014, Wells Fargo. All rights reserved. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 history 360 This Date in Wells Fargo History October 22, 1853. California was a land of opportunity, physically, mentally, and financially. "My work consists in writing, riding, and walking," Wells Fargo agent Charles T. Blake wrote his parents from Michigan Bluff, where he bought gold dust, sold checks, and kept deposits. Its 9 hotels, 3 restaurants, 5 blacksmith shops, 4 billiard saloons and bowling alleys, 30 stores, and 600 nearby mining claims made it the largest town in Placer County. "Immense numbers of people are now prospecting in the mountains and working on the rivers," Blake announced, and "claims are rising in value every day." He had a golden vision. "I like the country," and within 5 years, he expected to "make $50,000, and I mean to do it."

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