Wells Fargo & Co. Overland Stage
Since 1852 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, by joining in the great enterprise of building reliable transcontinental transportation, Wells Fargo came to own and operate the largest stagecoach empire in the world. In 1857, Wells Fargo joined other express companies to form the Overland Mail Company, establishing regular twice-a-week mail service between St. Louis and San Francisco. Wells Fargo had the route surveyed and shared in the financing. Nicknamed the "Butterfield Line" after its president, John Butterfield, it ran 2,757 miles through the Southwest via El Paso, Tucson and Los Angeles and then up through California's Central Valley to San Francisco.
U.S. Mail Stagecoach