Wells Fargo History Museum

The first time I came to San Francisco, I stayed at the Green Tortoise Hostel in North Beach (highly recommended, by the way). This meant that I walked up and down Montgomery and nearby streets a lot, and that I walked past the Wells Fargo History Museum at Montgomery and California. Six years later, I got around to going there. Yes, I have been known to procrastinate from time to time. Anyway, details and pictures after the jump.

The museum is on the site where Wells, Fargo & Company opened in 1852. Their start had less to do with banking than with transport–Wells and Fargo got their start shipping oysters across New York. They did this with stagecoaches:

Wells Fargo museum

As they expanded into California, they started to diversify into banking, as most of their customers were gold miners:

Wells Fargo museum

The Wells Fargo museum concentrates on early Californiana, and particularly the Gold Rush. And it’s free–hard to argue with free, hmm?

1 Comment so far

  1. Guide (unregistered) on September 25th, 2006 @ 10:15 am

    SF is cool
    Blogging is cool
    SF bloggers are cool, thus.

    Especially a big ol’ group of writers like yourselves. Makes our museum look even better….

    There’s a WF museum in Minneapolis, too, fyi — http://www.wellsfargohistory.com/museums/mnmuseum.html

    Since you’re originally from there, and all.

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