Bakersfield in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Wells, Fargo & Company Express Office
The discovery of gold in California in 1849 started one of the greatest migrations in American history.
After moving west to seek their fortune in California, people living in mining camps had to travel long distances to a large city to send or receive mail and go to a bank. Sometimes the road to town was treacherous with robbers trying to steal gold from traveling miners.
Henry Wells and William Fargo founded a banking and express company in 1852 to provide services closer to these booming camps. Wells, Fargo & Company transported gold, mail and freight from offices in small mining camps and towns to larger centers of commerce across the country.
This exhibit displays artifacts utilized in a Wells Fargo office in the 1870s. The first Wells, Fargo & Company office in Kern County was established in the early county seat of Havilah in 1867.
In 1959, Stella Zumwalt donated two small ranch houses from Old River to construct this re-creation of a Wells, Fargo and Company express office.
Erected by Kern County Museum.
Topics. This historical marker Industry & Commerce • Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1849.
Location. 35° 23.559′ N, 119° 1.244′ W. Marker is in Bakersfield, California, in Kern County. Marker can be reached from Chester Avenue. Marker is located at the western side of the Log Cabin Green section of Pioneer Village at the Kern County Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3801 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield CA 93301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Miller and Lux Survey Office (a few steps from this marker); Doctor's Office (a few steps from this marker); Sheepherder's Cabin (a few steps from this marker); Photographer’s Studio (a few steps from this marker); Weller House (a few steps from this marker); Pinkney House (within shouting distance of this marker); Drug Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Bandstand (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bakersfield.
Also see . . .
1. History of Wells Fargo – Since 1852. Wells Fargo website entry (Submitted on December 5, 2009.)
2. Wells Fargo (1852–1998). Wikipedia entry (Submitted on June 29, 2023, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 29, 2023. It was originally submitted on December 5, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,520 times since then and 85 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week May 6, 2012. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on December 5, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.