California Services
Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 12:40PM
Jo Giessner

Found in the book, Sierra Crossing, First Roads to California by Thomas Frederick Howard -

1854, "California Stage Co., Office, Orleans Hotel, Second Street, Between J and K, Sacramento, J. Birch, President, Daily Concord Coaches, Leave the Orleans Hotel, Sacramento, carrying the U. S. Mail, vis:  Marysville and Shasta, Touching at Charley's Rancho, Bidwell's Rancho, Hamilton, Oak Grove, Clear Creek, Lawson's, Tehama, Campbell's Rancho, Red Bluffs, Cotton Wood Creek, One Horse Town, Middletown, Covertsburg, Shasta, Yreka and Pitt River Diggings. . ."

Spellings as on ad. The flyer also lists stops for Placerville, Coloma, and Mokelumne Hill and Sonora routes.~

1860, Wells, Fargo & Co. was aggressive in opening service for express mail and gold shipments from the beginning of the California gold rush. Toward the end of the 1850's, however, they experienced armed robberies that hurt the company's bottom line and reputation. They responded by hiring armed guards and paying lawmen to pursue the suspects.

Along with Angeles Road and Iowa Hill, Shasta and Trinity Center showed up on the Wells, Fargo & Co. profit and loss statement for their express department in 1860. Wells Fargo claimed almost $50,000. 00 in crime related expense that year.~

1888 October 12, San Francisco Bulletin, Washington, New Money Order Offices:  . . . Swazey, Shasta County; Tehama, Tehama County; Berryvale, Siskiyou County; Maxwell, Colusa County. . .~


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