It’s no secret. Cody, Wyoming is the place to go when you’re looking to relive the days when the West was run with such characters as Annie Oakley and Billy “The Kid”. Perhaps you’re looking to get away with walking around in your spiked cowboy boots, leather pants and 10-gallon hat. However, the American West is still just as much alive today as it was back in the early 1800’s… It’s in our shopping malls, educational institutions and banking business… Take a look for yourself.
Levi Strauss & Co. Est. 1853
Grab a pair of Levi’s®501® jeans and proudly wear a little piece of western history. Born in Bavaria, immigrating to New York with his family and looking to make his fortune during California’s gold rush economic boom, Levi Strauss is the grand-daddy of blue jeans. With the help of his dry goods business and the talents of Nevada tailor, Jacob Davis, the blue jean was born!
Wells Fargo & Co. Est. 1852
During the Gold Rush Era, mail delivery services, banks, express agencies and stagecoach companies were being driven out of business by one single rival company: Wells, Fargo and Company. Established in 1852 by Henry Wells, William Fargo and others, the company’s services came through for gold miners, offering to bank or buy gold, sell paper bank drafts and rapid delivery of gold! Today, Wells Fargo & Co is now catering to us 21th century miners.
John B. Stetson Co. Est. 1865
They say a small investment brings big return and John Batterson Stetson is a true testimony of the old saying. With one hundred dollars, $10 worth of fur, a small room with tools and the “hatting” skills passed down by his father, the John B. Stetson Hat Company was born and the hat that would define the cowboy look for years to come; The Stetson, the Hat of the West or the Boss of the Plains