• Mining expert and historian Ernest A. Wiltsee (1862-1947)
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Wiltsee Collection panels 41-50

2019-03-20T13:58:43-08:00
Posted on March 18, 2019

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Wells Fargo worked with other express companies to deliver letters. These letters were delivered by Bamber and Co.’s Express.

No. 230 Sent by Bamber and Co.’s Express to Treasure City, Nevada. It contains a paid frank from W. B. Hardy’s office in Oakland, California, in 1869. It also contains a handstamp from San Francisco.

No. 231 Sent by Bamber and Co.’s Express to Joseph Scott at the Union Hotel in San Francisco, California. It contains a paid frank for the “Bacon & Hardy” office in Oakland.

No. 232 Sent by Bamber and Co.’s Express in 1869 from Antioch to J. L. Martel at 13 Court Block in San Francisco, California.

No. 233 Sent by Bamber and Co.’s Express to B. B. Newman at the U.S. Land Office on Montgomery Street in San Francisco, California.

No. 234 Sent by Bamber and Co.’s Express to James C. Weir at 840 Mission Street between 4th and 5th streets in San Francisco, California.

No. 235 Sent by Bamber and Co.’s Express to J. H. Forster on Castro Street in Oakland, California.

No. 236 Sent by Bamber and Co.’s Express from the State of California, Department of State, to W. E. Riddle in Danville, Contra Costa County, California. It was refused and forwarded to San Francisco.

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Wells Fargo worked with other express companies to deliver letters. These letters were delivered by Bamber and Co.’s Express, Bannack City Express, and Barnard’s Express.

No. 237 Unused Bamber and Co.’s Express cover.

No. 238 Sent by Bannack City Express from Brigham City, Utah, to Miss Sarah F. Clark in Collinsville, Madison County, Illinois.

No. 239 This is a copy of a Bannack City Express cover sent to Mrs. Horace Maynard at the Burnett House. It was first addressed to Westborough, Massachusetts, but was later redirected to Cincinnati, Ohio. Bannack City Express or Davis Patterson and Co.’s Pony Express ran from Bannack City, the then Capitol of Montana, to Salt Lake, Utah. It operated weekly over a trail using horses and mules. To ensure a fast connection east the mail was deposited at Brigham City, Utah, where it was taken up by the Overland Mail.

No. 240 Sent by Barnard’s Express, Dietz and Nelson’s British Columbia and Victoria Express, and Wells Fargo to Miss Maria S. Pratt in San Francisco, California, on July 21st, 1865. It contains an orange “Barnard’s Cariboo Express” orange paster.

No. 241 Sent by Barnard’s Express and Wells Fargo to George P. Pope in Caraboo, British Columbia, from San Francisco, California. It was originally addressed to M. Erlenbach, and contains a green “Barnard’s Cariboo Express” paster.

No. 242 Sent by Barnard’s Express and Dietz and Nelson’s British Columbia and Victoria Express to the H. P. P. Crease on July 1st, 1866.

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Wells Fargo worked with other express companies to deliver letters. These letters were delivered by Barnard’s Express, Barts Carriers, Barts Brothers Mail or Frieght, and Becker and Co.’s Express.

No. 243 Sent by Barnard’s British Columbia Express from Victoria to C. L. Ross in Barkersville.

No. 244 Unused cover with Barnard’s British Columbia Express and Wells Fargo franks.

No. 245 Sent by Barts Carriers from J. D. Fairchild and Co., Proprietors of the Resse River Daily Reveille in Austin, Lander County, Nevada, to Edwin Cross in North San Juan, Nevada County, California. It was sent on September 14th, 1866. Barts Carriers ran from Austin, Nevada, to connect with the Pioneer Stage.

No. 246 Sent by Barts Brothers, Mail or Freight from J. D. Fairchild and Co., proprietors of the Resse River Daily Reveille in Austin, Lander County, Nevada, to Mrs. Sarah Cross in North San Juan, Nevada County, California.

No. 247 Sent by Becker and Co.’s Express from Landers Bar to Corles Tompson in French Corral, California. Becker and Co.’s Express ran in 1852 between Marysville and French Corral. It stopped in all the bars in the Yuba. Landers Bar was the first below Deer Creek.

Photo of North San Juan, California, 1930s.

Photo of North Columbia, California, 1930s.

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Wells Fargo worked with other express companies to deliver letters. These letters were delivered by J.F. Bennett and Co.’s Express, Beekman’s Express, and Berford and Co.’s Express.

No. 248 Unused cover for J. F. Bennett and Co.’s Express. The company’s frank explains that the company operates “Between Santa Fe, New Mexico, El Paso, Texas, and Tucson, Arizona” with a principal office in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

No. 249 Sent by Beekman’s Express from Jacksonville, Oregon Territory, to J. B. Rosborrough in Yreka, California.

No. 250 Sent by Beekman’s Express from C. C. Beekman in Jacksonville to S. Marks and Co. in Roseburg, Oregon.

No. 251 Sent by Berford and Co.’s Express from San Jose to William H. Davis in San Leandro, Contra Costa, California. Letter enclosed is dated December 30th, 1853, from British Consul James A. Forbes. Berford and Co’s Express ran to many points in California, to the East, and to Great Britain.

No. 252 Sent by Berford and Co.’s Express from San Francisco to W. Van Voorhies, Secretary of State of California in San Jose, California. It was sent in July 1850.

No. 253 Sent by Berford and Co.’s Express from Glasglow, Scotland, to Messrs. Daniel Gibb and Co., in San Francisco, California. Enclosed is an incomplete letter concerning supply shipments, including the weight of cargo aboard the ship Irene.

No. 254 Sent by Berford and Co.’s Express from San Francisco to “His Excellency, Gov. John McDougal” in San Jose, California.

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Wells Fargo worked with other express companies to deliver letters. These letters were sent by Berthouds Mule Team Express, F. W. Blake and Co.’s Express, Bowers Express, and Brents and Nelson’s Express.

No. 255 Sent by Berthouds Mule Team Express from the vicinity of Treasure City, Nevada, and forwarded by mail to William M. Patterson in San Jose, California. Berthouds Mule Team Express collected letters from camps in the vicinity of Treasure City, Nevada, and deposited them in the Post Office at Treasure City.

No. 256 Sent by F. W. Blake and Co.’s Express from Weaverville to Sacramento, and forwarded by Wells Fargo to John C. Carrol at the corner of Battery and Commercial streets in a “Boot and Shoe Store” in San Francisco, California.

No. 257 Sent by F. W. Blake and Co.’s Express from Weaverville, and forwarded by Wells Fargo to Tandler and Co. in San Francisco, California.

No. 258 Sent by Bower’s Express from mining camps to Sacramento, California, and forwarded by mail to Mrs. Susan Gay in Windsor, Windsor County, Vermont. Bower’s Express ran from Nevada City, Grass Valley, and Rough and Ready to Sacramento.

No. 259 Sent by Brents and Nelson’s Express to William Trimble in Healdsburg, Sonoma County, California. Letter enclosed is dated February 12th, 1863, from John Day. Brents and Nelson’s Express was bought out by Rundell and Jones on June 6th, 1863.

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Wells Fargo worked with other express companies to deliver letters. These letters were sent by British Columbia Express and Brown’s Express.

No. 260 Unused cover with Barnard’s Express frank, which operated in British Columbia.

No. 261 Sent from Rising Sun, Indiana, to John S. Haines in Stockton, California, in the 1850s. Forwarded by Brown’s Express with a delivery charge of $2. Contains a note about the Hawkeye House. From 1850 to 1855, Brown’s Express ran from Stockton, Angels Camp, Murphys, and Sonora.

No. 262 Sent from Keokuk, Iowa, and forwarded by Brown’s express to S. R. Death in Stockton, California. Letter enclosed is dated August 8th, 1852, from S. G. Worthington.

No. 263 Sent from Boston Ravine near Grass Valley and forwarded by Adam’s and Co. Express to Stockton where it was picked up by Brown’s Express and delivered to Mr. Gardner Gillman at Murphy’s Camp, California. Letter enclosed is dated February 12th, 1852, from G. Cobs.

Photograph of Hawkeye House, California, 1930s.

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Wells Fargo worked with other express companies to deliver letters. These letters were sent by Buchanan and Co.’s, California and Arizona Stage Company, Buckley and Co.’s, Central Overland California and Pikes Peak Express Company, and the California Letter Express Co.

No. 264 Sent to Mrs. Sarah E. Johnson in Eureka, California, by Buchanan and Co.’s Express “over our Dalles & Canyon City Route.

No. 265 Unused cover with frank for the Buchanan and Co.’s Express showing that it connected with the California and Oregon Railroad.

No. 266 Sent to Miss Lillian Guild in Hartstown, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, by the California and Arizona Stage Company. There is a note that indicates delivery may have occurred in 1873. An illustration of a stagecoach decorates the cover.

No. 267 Sent to William Willis at No. 29 Nevada Block in San Francisco, California, by Wells Fargo and Buckley and Co.’s Express

No. 268 Sent to D. Clifford Smith care of George Warren Smith in New York City, New York, by Central Overland California and Pike’s Peak Express Company, the Great Overland express. Sent from Denver to St. Joseph and then by mail to New York. Contains a return address of “Buddee & Jacobs, Aurara, J.T.” Auraria was soon incorporated in Denver. “J. T.” stood for Jefferson Territory, which later became the state of Colorado.

No. 269 Sent to J. M. and E. W. Railey in Weston Missouri by Central Overland California and Pike’s Peak Express Company, the Great Overland Express. Sent from Denver, Colorado, to St. Joseph, Missouri, and then by mail to Weston. Postage marks contains the date September 27th, 1860.

No. 270 Sent to Gustav Herzog in New York by the California Letter Express Co, organized by J. W. Hoag. The company frank includes an illustration of a horse rider delivering “News,” and details of the company’s office in Hoogs & Madison, Real Estate and House Brokers, No. 418 Montgomery Street. The cover contains instructions that the letter be retained for Mr. G. H. or returned. Received September 28th, 1865.

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Wells Fargo worked with other express companies to deliver letters. These letters were sent by Chase’s Express, Clarke’s Centennial Mail Express, and Copley and Co.’s.

No. 271 Sent to Artemas H. Wheeler in Perkinsville, Vermont. Contains a postage mark dated January 29th, 1858. Sent by mail and Chase’s Express, which ran from Yreka through Deadwood to Indian Creek, California, until it was bought out by C. W. Prindle Express.

No. 272 Sent in part by Chase’s Express to Tandler and Co. in San Francisco, California. Chase’s Express ran from Yreka through Deadwood to Indian Creek until it was bought out by C. W. Prindle Express in 1863.

No. 273 Sent by Chase’s Express and forwarded by Wells Fargo from Yreka to William Pierce at 133 Jackson in San Francisco, California.

No. 274 Unused cover containing frank for Clarke’s Centennial Mail Express to the Black Hills via the Sidney Short Route, which used a new bridge over the Platte River, 40 miles north of Sidney. Sent care of H. T. Clarke, Sidney, Nebraska. Contains a U.S. postage mark commemorating the U.S. centennial in 1876. The reverse side contains information about the route, including declaration that it was guarded by U.S. troops.

No. 275 Sent by Copley and Co.’s Miners’ Express to Marysville, California, and then by U.S. mail east to J. H. Chandler in Sempronius, New York.

No. 276 Sent by Copley and Co.’s Miners’ Express to Rabbit Town, California, and then by U.S. mail east to Mr. Benjamin Varney in East Boston, Massachusetts. Rabbit Town changed to La Porte, Sierra County, November 19th, 1857.

Photograph of Poker Flat, California, 1930s.

Photograph of Onion Valley, California, 1930s.

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Wells Fargo worked with other express companies to deliver letters. These letters were sent by Cherokee Express, Cram Rogers and Co.’s, Colby’s Nevada and Dutch Flat Express, and Crawford’s Middle Fork Express.

No. 277 Sent by Cherokee Express and forwarded by Wells Fargo to Wall Street, New York.

No. 278 Sent by Cherokee Express to M. H. Darrache in Oroville, California. Cherokee express ran from Cherokee, California, 12 miles to Oroville.

No. 279 Sent by Cherokee Express to Captain M. H. Darrache in Oroville, California. Cherokee Express ran from Cherokee, California, 12 miles to Oroville.

No. 280 Sent by Cherokee Express to Captain M. H. Darrache in Oroville, California. Cherokee Express ran from Cherokee, California, 12 miles to Oroville. Contains a Wells Fargo handstamp from Oroville.

No. 281 Sent by Cram Rogers and Co.’s Express from Yreka to Shasta where it was forwarded by Adams and Co. Express to J. W. Brittan at 58 and 60 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, California. Letter enclosed from James Creegan is dated January 1st, 1855.

No. 282 Sent by Cram Rogers and Co.’s Express from Weaverville and forwarded by Wells Fargo to Tandler and Co., Sacramento Street, San Francisco, California.

No. 283 Unused cover containing frank for Colby’s Nevada and Dutch Flat Express.

No. 284 Sent by Crawford’s Middle Fork Express to Josiah E. Brown in Greenwood Valley, California. Sent sometime between 1855 and 1860, when Crawford’s operated.

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Wells Fargo worked with other express companies to deliver letters. These letters were sent by Davis Express, Devils Gate Express, Dietz and Nelsons, Chester P. Fox, Earley, and Green’s Copper City Express.

No. 285 Sent by Davis Express and forwarded by Wells Fargo from Oroville to J. P. Davis and Co. in San Francisco, California. Possibly sent in the 1850s.

No. 286 Sent from Devil’s Gate District near what is now Silver City, Nevada, to Virginia City, Nevada, and on to William S. Chapman in San Francisco, California.

No. 286a Sent from Devil’s Gate District near what is now Silver City, Nevada, to William S. Chapman at 76 Montgomery Block in San Francisco, California.

No. 287 Sent by Dietz and Nelson’s British Columbia & Victoria Express and the Victoria Post Office to H. P. J. Grevse in New Westminster.

No. 288 Sent to J. W. Sach in San Francisco by Earley’s San Francisco Letter Express. With offices at 630 Montgomery Street, Earley’s Express promised delivery to all parts of the city.

No. 1302 Sent to David M. Cu at Davis Street in San Francisco, California, by Chester P. Fox’s Half Moon Bay and San Francisco Express. This letter was possibly sent in 1862, when the express company operated.

No. 1303 Sent by Green’s Copper City Express to R. E. Warren in Red Bluff, California. This letter was possibly sent in 1865, when the express company operated.

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