From 1852 to 1919, Wells Fargo moved vital freight, passengers, currency, and mail from coast to coast. Employing the most advanced transportation technology at the time – steamboats, railroads and stagecoaches – they earned a reputation as the fulfillment service of choice throughout the growing young United States for decades. Eventually they would own and operate what was the largest stagecoach network in the world.
Joining with other mail fulfillment services of the time, Wells Fargo co-financed the Butterfield Line. The Butterfield line was a rough, 2,757-mile road from St. Louis to San Francisco that could get mail from one city to the other in just 25 days. The stagecoach drivers who drove these routes had to wear many hats –they had to be navigators, horse wranglers, and guards to both passengers and the valuable treasure box that accompanied each coach on its way west.
The golden age of the stagecoach came to an end in 1869 when the Golden Spike was hammered into the two rails that connected what was to become the Transcontinental Railroad. Wells Fargo would continue to use stagecoaches until the early twentieth century, though, getting passengers, mail, and valuables to remote areas not serviced by rail.
Stagecoaches are still built today by masters of restoration and reproduction. See how one coach maker is fulfilling orders for companies like Wells Fargo even today:
At Ohio Valley Goodwill, we’ve got something of a historic track record of fulfillment ourselves. We bring nearly a century of experience to the work we do here – including fulfillment services. We, too, rely on the unique passion our employees bring to their work to make our business exceptional. If you’re looking for a comprehensive fulfillment service you can rely on, look no further. We’ve got you covered. Get a quote for fulfillment services today!