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The first overland mail for California leaves St. Louis for San Francisco

United States of America, 1857, zoomable map
09/16/1858
Regular overland mail service began from the east coast to California when the first letters and packages departed St. Louis, Missouri. Twenty-four days later, on October 16, the mail arrived in San Francisco, cutting substantially the time the previous sea route had taken for delivery. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge for the Year 1860 (Boston: Crosby, Nichols, and Company, 1859), 384.

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