Wells, Fargo & Company Express Office

Wells, Fargo & Company Express Office (HMGP1)

Location: Bakersfield, CA 93301 Kern County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 23.559', W 119° 1.244'

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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.
HM NumberHMGP1
Placed ByKern County Museum
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 11:30pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 316477 N 3918462
Decimal Degrees35.39265000, -119.02073333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 23.559', W 119° 1.244'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 23' 33.54" N, 119° 1' 14.64" W
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Area Code(s)805, 661, 310
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3505 Chester Ave, Bakersfield CA 93301, US
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