• Mining expert and historian Ernest A. Wiltsee (1862-1947)
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Wiltsee Collection panels 71-80

2019-03-20T14:01:35-08:00
Posted on March 18, 2019

Panel 71

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Wells Fargo worked with other express companies to deliver letters. These letters were sent by Humboldt Express, Horn’s Yreka, Fort Jones, and Scott River Tri-weekly Expres, Indian Creek Express, Jones and Edgar’s Canyon City Express, and C. C. Huntley Stage and Express.

No. 417 Sent to Frank Clark in Starr City, Nevada. Taken by Humboldt Express, a branch of Langton and Co.’s Express that ran from Virginia City to Unionville, Starr City, and other camps on the Humboldt Range during the Humboldt “Boom” in the 1860s. The cover has a colored illustration of a soldier carrying the U.S. flag looking at a sign to Washington from Baltimore.

No. 418 Sent to Huntington, Hopkins and Co. at K Street in San Francisco, California. Taken by Horn’s Yreka, Fort Jones, and Scott River Tri-weekly Express but also sent partway by Wells Fargo.

No. 419 Unused cover with a frank for Indian Creek Express with an illustration of a stagecoach.

No. 420 Sent December 1863 to Miss Mary Hendy Hart in Mount Ararat, Australia. Taken in part by Jones and Edgar’s Canyon City Express, which ran from the Dalles, Oregon, south to Canyon City and the John Day country. Arrived in Australia in May 1864.

No. 421 Sent to Levi Spear in West Braintree, Vermont. Taken in part by Jones and Edgar’s Canyon City Express.

No. 422 Sent from Helena, Montana, to A. W. Taylor in Fredonia, New York. Taken in part by C. C. Huntley Stage and Express Line, which operated from Helena to Fort Benton in 1867 and afterward from Helena to Hellgate through Deer Lodge in 1868.

Photograph of Starr City, Nevada in 1937.

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Wells Fargo worked with other express companies to deliver letters. These letters were sent by Lamping and Co.’s Express, Kennedy and Co.’s Half Moon and Pescadero Express, Karns and McConkey’s Express, and Jones and Russell’s Pike’s Peak Express.

No. 423 Sent to A. Daneri in San Francisco, California. Taken by Lamping and Co.’s Express, which bought out Langton’s Express in 1865 from Downieville to Marysville. Wells Fargo operated over these lines after 1866.

No. 424 Unused cover with a frank for Lamping and Co.’s Express.

No. 425 Unused cover with franks for Lamping and Co.’s Express and Wells Fargo.

No. 426 Sent from Downieville, California, to A. Daneri in San Francisco. Taken by Lamping and Co.’s Express and sent partway by Wells Fargo.

No. 427 Sent from San Francisco, California, to Mrs. M. F. Tomkins in San Jose. Taken by Kennedy and Co.’s Half Moon and Pescadero Express.

No. 428 Unused cover with an illustrated frank featuring a stagecoach for Karns and McConkey’s Chloride and San Marcial Stage, Mail, and Express Line in New Mexico.

No. 429 Sent to Mrs. Eliza Hamand in Somerset, Ohio. Taken by Jones and Russell’s Pike’s Peak Express Company, which bought Leavenworth Pikes Peak Express, the first express between Leavenworth and Denver. Its first trip was on May 28, 1859, and it failed one month later. Jones and Russell only lasted four months, failed, and were taken over by the Central Overland California and Pikes Peak Express (COC and PPE), which later operated the Pony Express. The COC and PPE also ran into trouble, and depended on Wells Fargo to operate the western half of the Pony Express in 1861.

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Wells Fargo worked with other express companies to deliver letters. These letters were sent by Langton’s Express and Langton and Brothers Express.

No. 430 Sent to John K. Dustin in Quincy, Massachusetts. Inside is a letter dated November 2, 1853, from Daniel Dustin in French Coral, California. Taken by Langton and Brothers Yuba River Express. Samuel W. Langton owned a series of expresses that dominated the Yuba River region between Marysville and Downieville, and extended as far as Nevada City. He died in 1864 and his relatives sold out to Lamping and Co. in 1865.

No. 431 Sent from Downieville, California, to Lawrence in Marysville. Taken by Langton’s Express.

No. 432 Sent by Langton and Brothers Express from Chip’s Flat to Downieville, California and then east by mail to Ransom Riley in East Hartford, Connecticut.

No. 433 Sent to Tandler and Co. at No. 5 Custom House Block in San Francisco, California. Taken by Langton and Brothers Express from Downieville, and Wells Fargo from Nevada.

No. 434 Sent by Langton and Brothers Express from Forest City to Marysville, California and on by mail to Joseph Carroll in Richmond, Indiana.

No. 435 Sent by Langton and Brothers Express from French Corral to Marysville and on to L. E. Ritter in San Francisco. Inside is a letter dated April 8, 1850, from J. Demine

Receipt signed by Sam. W. Langton.

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Wells Fargo worked with other express companies to deliver letters. These letters were sent by Langton’s Express and Langton’s Pioneer Express.

No. 436 Sent by Langton’s Express from Downieville, California, to Marysville, where Adams and Co. forwarded it on to Winslow S. Pierce, Comptroller of State, in Benicia, California.

No. 437 Sent from Smith’s Flat, California by Langton’s Express to the County Clerk in Downieville. Contained a transcript for a trial.

No. 438 Sent by Everts and Co. from Gibsonville, California, to Marysville where Langton Express took it to J. Webb Nicholson in Downieville in 1855. Contained depositions for a court case.

No. 439 Sent from Eureka City, California to J. Webb Nicholson, county clerk, in Downieville in 1855. Contained depositions for a court case.

Two photographs of Downieville, California, 1930s.

Receipt dated March 30, 1858. $920 was sent on behalf of Eastman and Co. by Langton’s Pioneer Express from Orville, California, to Wells Fargo in Marysville.

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Wells Fargo worked with other express companies to deliver letters. These letters were sent by Langton’s Pioneer Express.

No. 1344 Sent by Langton’s Pioneer Express from Cox’s Bar, California, through Downieville to Marysville where it was forwarded by Wells Fargo to Noisy Carrier at Long Wharf in San Francisco.

No. 1345 Sent by Langton’s Pioneer Express from Camptonville and forwarded by U.S. mail to Elias Lyman in Rochester, Vermont.

No. 440 Sent by Langton’s Pioneer Express from North San Juan, California, to Miss E. H. Miller at Western House in Marysville, California. Possibly dated December 29, 1861.

No. 441 Sent by Langton’s Pioneer Express from North San Juan, California, to Marysville where Wells Fargo forwarded it to John C. Carroll in San Francisco.

No. 442 Sent by Langton’s Pioneer Express from Forest City, California, and forwarded by U.S. mail to Miss Helen E. Riley in East Hartford, Connecticut. Possibly dated May 16, 1856.

No. 443 Sent by Langton’s Pioneer Express from Downieville, California, to Gen. L. Austed in Eureka.

No. 444 Sent by Langton’s Pioneer Express from Marysville to Samuel Davis in Downieville, California.

Photograph of San Juan, California, 1930s.

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Wells Fargo worked with other express companies to deliver letters. These letters were sent by Langton’s Pioneer Express.

No. 445 Sent by Langton’s Pioneer Express from Downieville, California, to Mrs. John C. Falk in Marysville.

No. 446 Sent by Langton’s Pioneer Express to Edwin Erwin (actually Irwin) in Downieville, California.

No. 447 Sent by Langton’s Pioneer Express to Alleghany, California, then by U.S. mail to Huntington, Vermont.

No. 448 Sent by Langton’s Pioneer Express from Forest City to Marysville, and then forwarded by Wells Fargo to Sacramento, California.

No. 449 Sent by Langton’s Pioneer Express from Marysville, California to J. M. Eastman in Downieville. Inside are two bills from merchants W. T. Ellis and Smith and Co. in Marysville

No. 450 Sent by Langton’s Pioneer Express from Downieville to Marysville, and then forwarded by Wells Fargo to Antonio Daneri in San Francisco, California.

Photograph of Port Wine, California, 1930s.

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Wells Fargo worked with other express companies to deliver letters. These letters were sent by Langton’s Pioneer Express and Landis’ Express.

No. 451 Sent from Empire, Nevada, to Carson City by Langton’s Pioneer Empress and forwarded by Wells Fargo to Henry Pierce in San Francisco, California.

No. 452 Sent by Wells Fargo to Marysville, California, and forwarded by Langton’s Pioneer Express to Samuel Davis in Downieville.

No. 453 Sent by Langton’s Pioneer Express to Marysville, California, and forwarded by Wells Fargo to Antonio Daneri in San Francisco.

No. 454 Unused cover with frank for Langton’s Nevada Mail and Express Company.

No. 455 Sent from Jacksonville, Oregon, to Gustaf Wilson in Kerbyville by Landis’ Express, which operated from Jacksonville to Kerbyville, and Waldo in 1864-1865. It was later sold to Logan and Thompson.

Advertisement for Landis’ Express in the Jacksonville Sentinel, 1865.

Photograph of John C. Fall’s old store, the office of the Langton’s Humboldt Express, in Unionville, Nevada, 1930s.

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Wells Fargo worked with other express companies to deliver letters. These letters were sent by La Porte Express Co. and Leland and McCombe’s Express.

No. 456 Unused cover with a frank for La Porte Express and Co., which ran from La Porte and the Gibsonville Ridge to Marysville, California starting in 1865.

No. 457 Sent to S. Gibson in Colusa, California, by Wells Fargo. On the purchase of the La Porte Express Co. by Wells Fargo, its franks were overprinted and used by the later.

No. 458 Sent to Samuel Grosh by Leland and McCombe’s Express, which operated from San Francisco, Crescent City, Humboldt Bay, and adjacent points from 1853 to 1854.

No. 459 Account for express shipment by Leland and McCombe’s Express from San Francisco to the County Courts of San Cruz County. Peter Tracy signed April 7, 1854, that “the above duty” of payment had been performed. Contains a frank for Leland and McCombe’s Express.

Photograph of La Porte, California, 1930s.

Photograph of Gibsonville, California, 1930s.

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Wells Fargo worked with other express companies to deliver letters. These letters were sent by Leland and McCombe’s Express, Leland and McCombe’s Southern Express, Loon Creek Express, and Martin’s Spokane Falls and Wardner Stage and Express.

No. 460 San Francisco Daily Herald, Saturday Morning, May 13, 1854. Delivered by Leland and McCombe’s Express

No. 461 Sent to Abel Sterns in Los Angeles, California. Inside is a letter dated September 14, 1854, from A. B. Thompson in San Francisco. Thompson was from Santa Barbara and a cousin of Frank Thompson, Capt. of the Alert mentioned frequently in Richard Henry Dana’s “Two Years Before the Mast.” Sent by Leland and McCombe’s Southern Express, which operated for a short time on ships from San Francisco to the Southern Coast. This cover went by the ship the Goliah.

No. 462 Unused cover with a frank for Wells Fargo and Loon Creek Express, which ran from Idaho City to Loon Creek in the Idaho Territory. C. J. Tassel listed as messenger.

No. 463 Unused cover with a frank for Wells Fargo and Loon Creek Express, which indicates that letters for Loon Creek should be marked care of Shepard’s Express, Idaho City, Idaho Territory.

No. 464 Sent to Miss Walter Bros in Portland, Oregon, by Martin’s Spokane Falls and Wardner Stage and Express Line.

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Wells Fargo worked with other express companies to deliver letters. These letters were sent by Mann and Co.’s Express, Morley, Caulkin and Co.’s Daily Express, Mann’s Inland Express, Mossman and Miller’s Express, and Mossman’s and Co.’s Express.

No. 465 Sent to Hammond and Co. in the Coal Mines near Table Mount, California. Sent by Mann and Co.’s Express which ran daily between Oroville and Marysville. It connected to San Francisco in 1856.

No. 466 Sent to the Engraver Harrison Eastman at the Corner of Clay and Taylor Streets in San Francisco, California. Sent by Morley, Caulkin and Co.’s Daily Express, which ran from Gibsonville to American Valley and Elizabethtown, connecting with Everts and Co. at Gibsonville in 1854-1857, and then connecting with Pacific Express at Marysville.

No. 467 Unused cover with frank for Mann’s Inland Express. Based out of Crescent City, this express served important mining camps between there and Jacksonville, Oregon.

No. 468 Sent to H. R. Kincaid in Eugene City, Oregon, by Mossman and Miller’s Express. The partnership of Mossman and Miller only lasted a few months in the spring of 1862.

No. 469 Sent to N. S. Ebey at the John Day mines in Canyon Creek, Oregon. Sent by Mossman’s and Co.’s Express, who ran to Walla Walla and the Dalles. The local express, Jones Express, sent it from the Dalles to John Day charged $.50.

Photograph of an old express office in Strawberry Valley on the route from Marysville to La Porte, California.

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