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Lot 34

Rare Western Transportation Ephemera from the Stagecoach King

34. HOLLADAY, Ben. Table of Distances of the Overland Daily Stage Line, from Atchison, Kansas to Great Salt City, the Route Passing through Denver City, thence by the Cherokee Trail along Cache la Poudre River, through Laramie Plains, by Fort Halleck and Medicine Bow Mountains, Bridger's Pass and Fort Bridger, to Great Salt Lake City.New York: Slote & James, Stationers, 93 Fulton Street, 1863. [4] pp. Unbound folded sheet, as issued (12 x 8.5 cm; 4-3/4 x 3-3/8 inches). Mint copy. Preserved in half green morocco and brown cloth slip case with matching chemise. Crème de la crème of Western Americana ephemera.

     Various editions came out, the earliest known of which is 1861(?). Plains & Rockies IV:382d:3. After the Mexican-
American War, Holladay (1819-1887) established a freighting business to Salt Lake City, winning the support of Brigham Young. Eventually he purchased the Central Overland California and Pike's Peak Express Company, and under his aegis the overland stagecoach service reached its zenith. "Holladay became and retains his place as one of the greatest transportation figures America has produced, and his impact on frontier life was immense and enduring" (Thrapp, p. 669).This itinerary covers the 1,245 miles between Atchison, Kansas, to Salt Lake City. ($3,000-6,000)

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