The Leavenworth and Pike’s Peak Express
Noted newspaperman Horace Greeley took the stagecoach to Denver and stopped at the temporary tent station on June 2, 1859. He wrote, “I would match this station and its surroundings against any other scene on our continent for desolation.”
After The Leavenworth and Pike’s Peak Express acquired the Hockaday mail contract to California, its stagecoaches were rerouted through the Platte Valley beginning in July 1859. The original stations in Western Kansas and along the Republican River in Nebraska, including station eighteen, were abandoned. Emigrants and settlers continued to use the old trail for a few more years.
Erected by Nebraska State Historical Society & Eastern Star, Ola Chapter 317. (Marker Number 352.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
Location. 40° 8.88′ N, 101° 14.108′ W. Marker is in Stratton, Nebraska, in Hitchcock County. Marker is on Howard Street (U.S. 34) near Texas Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stratton NE 69043, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Texas Ogallala Trail (approx. 10.8 miles away).
More about this marker. This marker is located in the Stratton town park.
Also see . . . The Overland Stage to California - Frank Root & William Connelley. In the latter part of 1858 there was a stage line in operation known as the "Central Overland California." Its initial point was St. Joseph, on the Missouri river. About the same time another line was organized, and in May, 1859, ran between Leavenworth and Denver, under the name of the Leavenworth & Pike's Peak Express. The proprietors were Jones &Russell. The backers and chief owners of these two lines were the well-known Government freight contractors, Russell, Majors & Waddell. Soon afterward the two lines were consolidated, under the name of the Central Overland California and Pike's Peak Express Company. (Submitted on December 3, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 3, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 226 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 3, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.