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This Date in Wells Fargo History

February 17, 2018

February 17, 1893. A San Francisco Examiner reporter rhapsodized over the historical collection Wells Fargo assembled for the Chicago World's Fair. "Fortunate it is that the project of a fair has served to suggest the vast historical importance that such a collection must have in all the future." Time takes its toll, he said. "The numberless relics that substantiate and adorn numberless tales of romantic history had passed from sight, but now they are being regained for preservation," he declared--as he gave credit where credit was due: "The projectors of this work are the officers of Wells, Fargo & Co. Nobody else could well accomplish the undertaking, for the express corporation's men and property alone figured in the adventures of the early overland carrying trade." Of particular interest, was a "stout leather pouch" with squared sides about a foot long, made to carry "the extra large silver bars from Arizona mines." Wells Fargo figured that casting silver in bars weighing from 200 to 250 pounds would "baffle and circumvent wayside robbers."