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Henry Wells and William Fargo founded Wells, Fargo & Co. to serve the gold rush in the West.

By 1866, Wells Fargo had combined all the major western stage lines, including the Pony Express.


After the San Francisco earthquake, Bank president Hellman telegraphed, "Building destroyed, vault intact, credit unaffected."


The federal government took over the nation's express, leaving Wells Fargo with just one bank in San Francisco.


Merger of Wells Fargo Bank with American Trust Company, creating the country's 11th largest bank.


Wells Fargo and other California banks introduced  Master Charge card (now MasterCard) to its customers.


Takeover of First Interstate Bancorp resulted in bad publicity and mismanaged consolidation.


Acquisition of Wachovia created a super-bank with $1.4 trillion in assets and 48 million customers.


An account fraud scandal led to the resignation of CEO John Stumpf and fines of $185 million.

The distinctive red and gold stagecoach is the unmistakeable corporate symbol of Wells Fargo  (WFC - Get Report) . The bank was founded in 1852. But, so much has happened since it was founded by William G. Fargo. Watch the video above for a look at the history of America's fourth largest bank in the U.S. by total assets.

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