First Overland Mail

First Overland Mail

Landmark #40
by Robert E. Pinkerton
Publisher: Random House
©1953, Item: 31777
Hardcover, 185 pages
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A eulogistic and well padded narrative history of John Butterfield's line of stagecoaches that took passengers and mail across our continent ""on the swiftest journey horses have ever provided"". Little remembered today, Butterfield's Overland Mail turned many a track over the territory between St. Louis and California in the 1850's. Here are the men—Butterfield, his son and their helpers— and their problems—from Apaches to station building and relay timing—in an exciting segment of our history that had its share of blood and thunder and the shaping of American ideals.
—Kirkus Review

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