Western Expresses | K

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Kennedy, Long & Co.’s Express and Transfer Co. – 1869 to 1870

Mathew G. Kennedy began this express as sole proprietor in 1864, with Frederick W. Utter added as a partner in 1867. Their route was from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay and Pescadero on the San Mateo coast. In 1869, Jeremiah Long joined the partnership and the name was changed to reflect that case. The new company emphasized the baggage and package elements of their “express” as opposed to letter mail. In the 1871 San Francisco Directory the company is simply called “The San Francisco Transfer Company.”

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.

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

By Kennedy, Long & Co.’s Express and Transfer Company to San Francisco. The manuscript K at lower left is possibly that of M.G. Kennedy.

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Kenson’s Owens River Express – Sep 1, 1863 to Spring, 1864

Edward Kenson operated a pony express service on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. He advertised that the ran his express “to and from Aurora and Union Mills (Russ District) calling at Slate Mountain, White Mountain, San Carlos, Bend City, to Ida Mills and Union Mills.” Kenson connected with Wells, Fargo & Co.’s Express at Aurora, or would deposit the express in the US Mails at Aurora (Esmeralda).

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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