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G. P. Johnson’s Express – 1858 to 1859

George P. Johnson ran an express train on the newly opened wagon road between Crescent City, California and Sailor’s Diggings, Oregon. At Sailor’s Diggings the express material was exchanged with Cluggage & Drum Stage Line, which connected between Sailor’s Digging and Jacksonville (and apparently Yreka). Johnson’s express connected with Beekman’s at Jacksonville plus Dugan and Walls at Crescent City.

Dugan & Wall Express Forwarders & Commission Merchants Crescent City, Cal to Crescent City

By Dugan & Wall Express Forwarders & Commission Merchants Crescent City, Cal to Crescent City; then by G. P. Johnson’s Inland Express to Yreka. Johnson’s express only operated from 1858-1859, running from Crescent City to Sailor’s Diggins, Oregon (and apparently on to Yreka) One of three examples of the Dugan & Wall’s franks: two handstamps and one printed; and one of only two examples of any kind of usage from G. P. Johnson’s Express.

Map of route from Crescent City to Sailor's Diggins, Oregon (and apparently on to Yreka)

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Jones & Co. Express – 1851 to 1852

Jones & Company’s Express ran north from Marysville to Rich Bar in Plumas County, serving an area between the Middle Fork and the North Fork of the Feather River.

Forwarded by Jones & Co. Express F. R. (Feather River) with Rush Creek Jones directive

Farmington, Iowa June 11 (1852) and manuscript 10 rate to Sacramento City; Forwarded by Jones & Co. Express F. R. [Feather River] with Rush Creek Jones directive and $2.00 pencil rate notations both erased and barely visible. Enclosed letter transcribed in part below from Drummond’s wife, Dolly, back in Iowa.

Dateline June 6th 1852

…I have never received your February letter and don’t know whether you are in the mountains or not. I wish you would write what part of the state you are in and what the name of the mines are.

I don’t know why you don’t get my letters. I have always directed them alike. It is possible you could not send for them often enough and they have been sent off for dead letters, but I read in a late paper that if you write to be preserved on the back of the letter it will remain in the Post Office until it is taken out by the one it is directed to. …

Closing

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Jones & Co. Express – 1851 to 1852

Jones & Co.'s Express to Rush Creek

Farmington, Iowa Aug 11 (1852) and manuscript 10 rate to Sacramento City; with manuscript directive “Jones, keep this until he sends his order or comes for it him self”; by Jones & Co.’s Express to Rush Creek with $2.00 pencil express rate notation. Enclosed letter transcribed in part below from a business acquaintance back in Iowa.

Dateline
…your letter came to hand the 8th of this month [August] dated May 16th 1852, and you say you have not had any letter for one year last April…Your old friend Silas Smith died on Plat River with Cholera on his way to Origon. …This County went all Whig. Thomas Benton is elected to Congress from Missouri. …B. F. Tower started home with one thousand dollars and died in Pannama Bay with Thy- [typhoid] fever…
Signature

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Jones & Edgars Express – 1863 to 1864

Horatio Jones and Addison Edgar ran a semi-weekly express between Canyon City and the John Day Mines in central Oregon to The Dalles on the Columbia River, connecting with Wells Fargo at The Dalles. The partnership broke-up in the latter part of 1864 when Jones became an agent for Wells Fargo. Addison Edgar then formed a partnership with A. J. Burke that operated for a short period over much of the same route. Addison Edgar also became an agent for Wells Fargo in 1865.

Jones & Edgar's Canyon City Express to The Dalles, Oregon.

By Jones & Edgar’s Canyon City Express to The Dalles, Oregon.

 Jones & Edgar's Canyon City Express to The Dallas, Oregon

By Jones & Edgar’s Canyon City Express to The Dallas, Oregon; exchanged with Wells Fargo & Co. Dalles, O. Dec 31 (1863) for delivery to New York. Docketing on verso indicates receipt on Jan 12, 1864.

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Jones & Edgars Express – 1863 to 1864

Jones & Edgar's Canyon City Express to Portland, Oregon

By Jones & Edgar’s Canyon City Express Paid 50 Cents to Portland, Oregon; by post office from Portland, Orgn. Feb 20 to Coloma, California. This type printed frank was used by Jones & Edgar’s successor company, Edgar and Burke’s, leading one to believe that this type printed frank was used very late in the Jones & Edgar’s partnership. The only reported example of this type printed frank.

The earliest recorded advertisement for Jones & Edgar's Express, from The Dalles Morning State Journal of Oct 7, 1863.

The earliest recorded advertisement for Jones & Edgar’s Express, from The Dalles Morning State Journal of Oct 7, 1863.

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Jones & Russell’s Express – Jul 9, 1859 to Feb 23, 1860

John S. Jones and William H. Russell started running a stagecoach express to the Pike’s Peak region of Colorado in early 1859. On May 11 1859, Jones & Russell purchased the contract for mail transportation from Missouri to Salt Lake City, Utah from Hockaday and Liggett. Their first coach by way of the Platte River left Leavenworth on Jul 2 and arrived in Denver on Jul 9, 1859. They charged 25¢ per letter for their express service. In 1860 they could not meet payments on their notes for coaches, and the Central Overland California & Pike’s Peak Express took over the express. The last run of this service occurred on Feb 23, 1860 although their marking is known used as late as Jun 14, 1860.

Jones & Russell's Pike's Peak Express Co. Denver City
By Jones & Russell’s Pike’s Peak Express Co. Denver City (second strike on the backflap dated Jul 29, 1859) to; by post office Leavenworth City, K.T. Aug 8, 1859 to Quindaro, Kansas Territory.
Jones & Russell's Pike's Peak Express followed the Platte River Route via Julesburg and Fort Kearny through Nebraska Territory to Leavenworth

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