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Keene & Hurley’s Express – 1888

Keene & Hurley served Ruby City in northwestern Washington state by carrying mail to and from Spokane Falls. Very little else is reported of this express, which Nathan lists as beginning “about 1885”.

Keene & Hurley PAID Over All Stage and Express Line from Ruby City, W. T. to Spokane Falls

By Keene & Hurley PAID Over All Stage and Express Line from Ruby City, W. T. to Spokane Falls; by post office Spokane Falls, Wash. Jan 14, 10 PM, 1888 to Portland, Oregon. Fewer than five known examples from this express.

The following is an excerpt from the annual report of the governor of Washington Territory for the year 1887:

The Okanagan, or Salmon River District, is reached by stage from Spokane Falls, via Davenport, Grant Center and Condon’s Ferry, over the Columbia [River]…The distance from Spokane Falls to Condon’s Ferry is 120 miles; from the ferry to Ruby City or Salmon City is 40 miles. The stage trip from Spokane Falls to Salmon City occupies three days, the stage running in daylight only.

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Kennedy & Co.’s Express – 1862 to 1864

Click edit button to change this text.M. G. Kennedy and F. W. Utter founded Kennedy & Co.’s Express in 1862 to operate daily from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay and Pescadero. In 1864, Kennedy added Long as a partner and changed the name of the firm Kennedy & Long’s, which continued to operate until 1866.

Kennedy & Co.'s Half Moon Bay & Pescadero Express from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay or Pescadero

By Kennedy & Co.’s Half Moon Bay & Pescadero Express from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay or Pescadero; by Wells Fargo & Co. (illegible date and location, but presumably either Half Moon Bay or Pescadero) to Santa Cruz. One of only three reported examples of this printed frank.

Kennedy, Long & Co.'s Express and Transfer Company to San Francisco

PAID Adams & Co., Over our California and Coast Routes with Adams & Co. San Francisco Aug 26 (1854) hand stamp to San Jose. Only known example with the frank printed vertically at left used during Adams period of operation.

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Kenson’s Owens River Express – 1863 to 1864

Edward Kenson operated a pony express service on the eastern side of the Sierras from Camp Independence, California. His summer route was north to Aurora, Nevada; in the winter south over Walker Pass to Keysville. Kenson connected with Wells Fargo at Aurora, or would deposit the express in the US Mails.

Kenson's Owens River Express San Carlos Inyo Dist. from San Carlos to Esmeralda, N.T.

By Kenson’s Owens River Express San Carlos Inyo Dist. from San Carlos to Esmeralda, N.T.; by post office Esmeralda, N.T. Oct 31 1863 to San Francisco. San Carlos post office opened Jun 1, 1864.

San Francisco Daily Alta California advertisement from Feb 9, 1864 noting Kenson's Owens River Express route change

San Francisco Daily Alta California advertisement from Feb 9, 1864 noting Kenson’s Owens River Express route change from Keysville to San Carlos via Aurora.

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