[OVERLAND STAGE] Table of Distances of the Overland Daily Stage Line, from Atchison, Kansas, and Placerville, California. N...
New York: Office of the Overland Stage Line, 186[4?]. 4-page folded sheet. Page size 8 1/4 x 5 3/8 inches (21 x 13 cm); distance table (2 pp.) with printed rules in red and blue. Usual folds, some toning to the cover-page, small chips to folds at fore-edge, a few folds weak.
A very rare survival: rather than the Overland Stage's route to Salt Lake City, this covers the extended 17 to 20 day trip to Placerville, in the heart of California gold country. Placerville had been served in the previous decade by the Butterfield Overland Stagecoach Company, but Congress revoked that contract in 1861, just before the outbreak of war. The Overland Stage ran a more northerly route along the Overland Trail, starting at Atchison, going via Denver. Ben Holladay, proprietor of the Stage and a legendary figure in Western lore, had the support of Brigham Young in his enterprise. He had previously provided support to the Pony Express during its brief existence. This version of the distance table, with 153 stops (the reverse of which gives details of the route, fares, telegraph stations on the line and the like) appears to be held only by the Everett D. Graff Collection of Western Americana (now in the Newberry Library) and we trace solely the Streeter copy (sold 1968, lot 3110) in commerce. The shorter Atchison-Salt Lake City distance table does appear (though very infrequently) at auction.
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