Wells Fargo History Museum and Desert Wells Stage Coach Stop in Queen Creek AZ

Dear Students,

On Friday we went to the Wells Fargo History Museum in downtown Phoenix. I love to visit because of their outstanding collection of western artwork.

At the Wells Fargo History Museum

At the Wells Fargo History Museum

However, my boys did not care to go to a stagecoach museum with outstanding artwork.

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So I bribed them with peeps.

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Once we got there, they were engaged and entertained. It helped that this little carriage was free and offered unlimited trips. It did not help that I had to stand there with them while they used it, instead of exploring.

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The boys are super into gems and minerals from playing Minecraft–so I said, I wonder what is in that cave and off they went to see.

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and off I went to explore the gallery of N.C. Wyeth Western artwork and western sculptures. It is seriously a treasure. Photos are not allowed, here is an example of some of his work, much more is in the museum.

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The Wyeth family of artists are an American treasure. They deserve a separate blog post. For now, back to the museum, the boys were wound up and having a blast.

Brady was in the strong boxes.

Brady was in the strong boxes.

Christian explored the old fashioned phone and the hands on office  (it really works!)

Christian explored the old fashioned phone and the hands on office (it really works!)

On the floor of the museum is the route of all the stage coach stops. I recognized the name of one close to our house.

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So tonight we took the boys for a visit.

The next day I took the boys to a real stage coach stop

The next day I took the boys to a real stage coach stop

And I didn’t even have to bribe them with peeps.

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Just wide open spaces

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beautiful spring weather

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folks riding horses

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tumbleweeds

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I love history in context.

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Take a look for yourself, the Wells Fargo History Museum is:

Address
145 West Adams Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003
(602) 378-1852

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Museun hours
Monday through Friday, 9-5

Free admission

The Wells Fargo History Museum is located in downtown Phoenix between 1st & 2nd Avenues in the Wells Fargo Plaza Building. This museum highlights the company’s role in Arizona and the Southwest.

Exhibits include:

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An authentic 19th Century stagecoach
A replica stagecoach you can climb aboard
An interactive telegraph
An art gallery with the largest public display of illustrator N.C. Wyeth’s western-themed work
Parking
The Wells Fargo Plaza parking garage entrance is located off 1st Avenue. There is additional metered parking available on Adams Street. The museum can be reached from the Metro Light Rail and on the free Downtown Dash loop.

Seize the day,
Mrs. Kenney

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One thought on “Wells Fargo History Museum and Desert Wells Stage Coach Stop in Queen Creek AZ

  1. we are going to take the girls as they love Wells Fargo (I have a love/hate relationship with them) 🙂
    Sarah loves seeing Daddy’s work everywhere. Last Monday back in 1852, was when Henry Wells and William Fargo started the banking and shipping company called Wells Fargo and Company 🙂

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