Western Overland Routes


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Section 3. Santa Fe Trail, 1851 to 1864

For background information, see my one page summary PDF file here
also, Chapter 10 in MWE book here

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[1851 Inbound to Santa Fe] Jerseyville, Illinois 26 March postmark and "10" due rate handstamp on 1851 folded letter addressed to "Dr. Saml. Woodhouse, Santa Fe, Texas, Attached to Capt Sitgreaves exploring party" with the Texas lined out, it would have reached Dr. Woodhouse before he left Santa Fe on 15 August 1851, he reached Ft. Yuma in November

from Wikipedia: The Sitgreaves Expedition Down the Zuni and Colorado Rivers in 1851 was a combined American scientific and military mission to explore the Zuni River, the Little Colorado River and the Colorado River in 1851. Setting out from northern New Mexico, the expedition traveled west across Arizona and then south along the Colorado to Fort Yuma in California.

ex Vogel and Walske


[Santa Fe, New Mexico] manuscript Santa Fe N.M. November 1 territorial period postmark and "5" due rate on 1851 folded letter of Col. A.R. Wooley to Liberty, Missouri, letter dated at Santa Fe mentions, "Stationed at Anton Chico on the River Pecos - 30 miles below Anton Chico," very fine

(MWE Figure 10-3) ex Dike, Alexander and Walske


[Taos, NM, 1855 letter mentions Kit Carson] Don Fernando de Taos, Mew Mexico, November 22, 1855 dateline on letter with original cover addressed to Connecticut, entered the mails with Santa Fe Dec 1 postmark and "Paid 3" datestamp, letter includes, the very descriptive letter includes "Today Kit Carson told me I need not expect to find the snow less than ten feet deep in the passes of these mountains (the Sangre de Christo mountains)" (letter transcript here)

ex Vogel and Walske



[Santa Fe to France, 1858] strip of three 10c green (#33) tied to double rate cover to Clermont - Ferr, France by Santa Fe, New Mexico Dec 13 territorial postmark, New York Jan 15 exchange datestamp, French entry and boxed "PD" handstamp, and early overseas use from New Mexico

ex Vogel and Walske



[Fort Union, New Mexico, 1864] cover to Connecticut prepaid with 3c rose (#65), manuscript Ft. Union N.M. June 4 1864 territorial postmark and cancel, with atypical "July 6" arrival marking of  Wallingford Connecticut

ex Walske

Richard Frajola (July 29, 2018)