The Butterfield Overland Mail

The Butterfield Overland Mail

Book - 1942
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This is the classic firsthand account by Waterman L. Ormsby, a reporter who in 1858 crossed the western states as the sole through passenger of the Butterfield Overland Mail stage on its first trip from St. Louis to San Francisco. Ormsby's reports, which promptly appeared in the New York Herald, are lively and exciting. He describes the journey in close detail, giving full accounts of the conveyances, the accommodations, the other passengers, the country through which they passed, the dangers to which they were exposed, and the constant necessity for speed.
Publisher: San Marino, Calif. : The Huntington Library, 1942
Characteristics: xv, 179 pages : color illustrations, tables, folded frontispiece (facsimile) ; 24 cm

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