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Western Union provides financial services across the United States.
All about Western Union
Western Union provides financial services and communications - which means they can do things like help you send and receive money via transfer, place money orders, pay bills and other outstanding payments, and buy prepaid cards so you always know how much you're spending.
To find a Western Union location near you, go to their official website at westernunion.com. At the top of the website, there's a "Find Locations" option where you can put in your zip code or city name to find the nearest Western Union. You can also select which services you're interested in using, so that you can find the location that will help you do the money transaction you need to.
You can download the new Western Union app to help you manage your money on the go. And don't forget to add them to your favorites right here on Tiendeo!
The history of Western Union
When the New York and Mississippi Valley Printing Telegraph Company merged with New York & Western Union Telegraph Company, Western Union was born. The groups merged so they could both progress further.
Because they were now a big player, they could easily buy out smaller companies and expand Western Union. Slowly, they started adding in more services and incorporating current technology.
Today, they no longer offer telegraph services, but they are still one of the biggest communications companies!
The important role of telegraphs in Western Union's history
Western Union originally started out as a telegraph company, but that service hasn't been offered since 2006. Still, even though the service is gone, the impact telegraphs have had on the company's history is a big deal!
Western Union was truly groundbreaking in the area of telegraphs. In 1861, they became the first company to have a transcontinenal telegraph.
Four years later, they tried to link the United States and Europe via telegraph by going through Alaska to Siberia to get to Moscow (though this project was eventually abandoned).
They were also the first to have a stock ticker (this happened in 1866), and also debuted a standardized time service (1870).
In 1871, something happened that would change the course of the company's history: they began a money transfer service, which is a big part of their business today!
In 1879, the company decided to leave the phone business after losing a lawsuit over a patet.