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This Date in Wells Fargo History

July 17, 2018

July 17, 1897. Seattle would never be the same after the Portland docked. Unexpectedly, Alaskans tumbled off, rejoicing. They had struck it rich in that frozen land. A few former customers asked William Stanley if he was still shoeing horses. With $115,000 in gold from the aptly named Bonanza Creek, he was a blacksmith no more. As a Wells Fargo wagon rattled through the streets delivering 3,000 pounds of gold (about $15 million today) to Seattle banks, the telegraph and telephone carried the message around the world. The Klondike Rush was on!