National Geographic : 1932 Apr
STREET SCENE IN SAN FRANCISCO DURING THE 1850's; A MINIATURE, SET WITH WOOD CARVINGS To the old Wild West the name "Wells Fargo" meant what "Hudson's Bay Company" means still in Canadian wilds. Pony express riders, stage drivers, armed express agents, fatal fights with Indians and highwaymen-all formed part of daily business routine forthis pioneer organization. Its bank, the first on the Pacific coast, bought gold dust, paying the miners with drafts on New York. In thepeak ofthegold rush the bank often bought and shipped east $i,ooo,ooo in gold in a day. For years the company operated the overland stage line, carrying passengers, bullion, and mail across the continent on regular schedule-the only reliable transportation between scattered mining towns and the mainroutes (see, also, text, page 410).