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Stagecoach : Wells Fargo and the American West

Author: Philip L Fradkin
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Source, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From award-winning writer Philip L. Fradkin, the fascinating story of the rise of Wells Fargo & Co., told against the wildest and most colorful backdrop in American history, the Old West. The trail of Wells Fargo runs through nearly every imaginable landscape and icon of Old West folklore: the California gold rush, the Pony Express, the transcontinental railroad, the Civil and Indian Wars. From the Great Plains to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Fradkin, Philip L.
Stagecoach.
New York : Simon & Schuster Source, ©2002
(OCoLC)652281591
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Philip L Fradkin
ISBN: 0743213602 9780743213608
OCLC Number: 48131713
Description: xxi, 250 pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
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Responsibility: Philip L. Fradkin ; foreword by J.S. Holliday.
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From award-winning writer Philip L. Fradkin, the fascinating story of the rise of Wells Fargo & Co., told against the wildest and most colorful backdrop in American history, the Old West. The trail of Wells Fargo runs through nearly every imaginable landscape and icon of Old West folklore: the California gold rush, the Pony Express, the transcontinental railroad, the Civil and Indian Wars. From the Great Plains to the Rockies to the Pacific Ocean, the company's operations embraced almost all social, cultural, and economic activities west of the Mississippi, following one of the greatest migrations in American history. Fortune-seekers arriving in California after the discovery of gold in 1849 couldn't bring the necessities of home with them. So Wells Fargo express offices began providing basic services such as the exchange of gold dust for coin, short-term deposits and loans, and reliable delivery and receipt of letters, money, and goods to distant places. As its reputation for speed and dependability grew, the sight of a red and yellow Wells Fargo stagecoach racing across the prairie came to symbolize not only safe passage, but faith in a nation's progress. Stagecoach is a fascinating and rare combination of Western and business history. Along with its colorful association with the Old West -- Wyatt Earp, Black Bart, Buffalo Bill -- readers will discover that swiftness, security, and connectivity have been constants in Wells Fargo's history, and that these themes remain just as important today, 150 years later.

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