Today in History
March 18, 1852
In New York City, Henry Wells and William G. Fargo found their shipping and banking company, Wells, Fargo & Company. In response to the California Gold Rush of 1849, the company offers coast-to-coast shipping, with transcontinental deliveries taking at least ten days. In 1866 it merges with a number of other "Pony Express" and stagecoach lines.
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