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The Butterfield Overland Mail

Only Through Passenger on the First Westbound Stage


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The Butterfield Overland Mail by Waterman L. Ormsby
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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.

Author Biography

Waterman L. Ormsby was a special correspondent for the New York Herald.
Release date NZ
July 20th, 2007
Edited by Josephine M. Bynum Edited by Lyle H. Wright
Country of Publication
United States
1 map, 5 line illustrations
Huntington Library Press,US
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