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Sent by Pony Express

Letters taken on the Virginia City Pony Express. After the Central Overland Pony Express stopped operating, mining in the Comstock Lode in Nevada created demand for rapid communication with San Francisco. Wells Fargo created a Pony Express to operate between Virginia City and Placerville, California. The horse and rider left Virginia City at 6pm, traveling through the Sierras at night, and arriving in Placerville in time to catch the train to Sacramento. Letters arrived by steamer the next morning in San Francisco.

Pony Express No. 26 Sent to A. H. Estell in Virginia City, Nevada Territory. Taken by the Virginia City Pony Express, run by Wells Fargo.

Pony Express No. 27 Sent to R. N. Van Brunt in San Francisco, California. Taken by the Virginia City Pony Express, run by Wells Fargo.

Pony Express No. 28 Sent to Robert F. Morrow, Superintendent of the Savage Mining Company, in Virginia City, Nevada. Taken by the Virginia City Pony Express, run by Wells Fargo.

Pony Express No. 29. Unused Wells Fargo Pony Express cover.

Pony Express No. 30 Unused Wells Fargo Pony Express cover.

A collection of Wells Fargo Pony Express stamps.