April 18, 2014
April 18, 1906. San Francisco was in flames. A mighty 8.3 earthquake shattered buildings and water supplies, and a roaring conflagration followed. Wells Fargo superintendent Andy Christeson was equal to the occasion. Out from the stables south of Market Street went Wells Fargos fleet of delivery wagons. However, familiar drivers were not handling the reins. Wells Fargo turned its wagons over to families escaping the on-rushing flames. Soon piled high with irreplaceable personal treasures, bedding and food for the impromptu camping grounds in public parks beyond the fire lines--all guarded by the family cat or dog--the red, blue, and gold vehicles headed for safety. Soon, a huge circus tent appeared at Franklin Street and Golden Gate Avenue adorned with large letters, Wells Fargo & Company. Wells Fargo was back in business.