Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Bakersfield in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Wells, Fargo & Company Express Office

 
 
Wells, Fargo & Company Express Office Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
1. Wells, Fargo & Company Express Office Marker
Inscription.
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.
 
Location. 35° 23.559′ N, 119° 1.244′ W. Marker is in Bakersfield, California, in Kern County. Marker can be reached from Chester Avenue. Touch for map
Wells, Fargo & Company Express Office Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
2. Wells, Fargo & Company Express Office Marker
. Marker is located at the western side of the Log Cabin Green section of Pioneer Village at the Kern County Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3801 Chester Avenue, Bakersfield CA 93301, United States of America.
 
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. (Submitted on December 5, 2009.)
2. Overland Via Stagecoach. From 1852 to 1918, Wells Fargo rushed customers’ important business by any means - steamship, railroad, and, where the railroads ended, by stagecoach. At first Wells Fargo contracted with independent stageline owners. Then in the great enterprise of building reliable transcontinental transportation, Wells Fargo came to own and operate the largest stagecoach empire in the world. (Submitted on December 5, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
Wells, Fargo & Company Express Office image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
3. Wells, Fargo & Company Express Office
 

3. Kern County Museum - Wells, Fargo & Express Company. The Kern County Museum website quotes the text of the marker as well as displaying a photo. (Submitted on December 5, 2009.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
Photos Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
4. Photos Displayed on Marker
Upper Photo:
Wells, Fargo & Company Express Office (third building from left) on Chester Avenue near 19th Street, circa 1875.

Lower Photo:
A Wells, Fargo & Company Express office was located inside Andrew Brown's store in Kernville, circa 1887.
Photos Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
5. Photos Displayed on Marker
Upper Photo: Wells, Fargo & Company Express Office near Baker and Sumner Streets in East Bakersfield, circa 1915.

Lower Photo:
Stagecoaches transported mail, freight, gold and other valuable items from small towns to larger cities across the United States.
Museum Display image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
6. Museum Display
Wells Fargo Vault
Museum Display image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
7. Museum Display
Museum Display image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
8. Museum Display
Entrance to Agent's Office
Museum Display image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 27, 2009
9. Museum Display
Agent's Office
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 5, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,041 times since then and 43 times this year. This page 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 El Dorado Hills, California.
Paid Advertisement