TRINITY — When it came to a grand opening last week, staff members at Wells Fargo Advisors weren’t horsing around.
Four horses pulled the colorful Wells Fargo stagecoach during the event at the new office at 11300 S.R. 54.
Spectators, ranging from youngsters to seniors, clamored to take rides around the parking lot in the stagecoach. The replica of the vintage vehicle provided nostalgia of passengers ferried across the Old West in the 19th century.
“We believe that we had 300 people come through the doors during the three-hour period,” Michael Cox, assistant branch manager and associate vice president for the Cox-Wilkins Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, said.
“The stagecoach had many people pull into the parking lot because they were just driving by,” Cox said.
From 1852 to 1918, Wells Fargo came to own and operate the largest stagecoach empire in the world, according to the company website. The company became forever linked to the image of the Concord Coach hurtling across the vast plains and high mountains of the West.
In 1857 Wells Fargo helped form the Overland Mail Company for twice-a-week mail service over 2,757 miles between St. Louis and San Francisco. Mail used to arrive twice a month by steamship.
From April 1860 to October 1861, young riders relayed mail across almost 2,000 miles from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California in only 10 days.