Lot 1005Ft. Lyon C.T. July 30 1863, double struck black cds on Patriotic Cover with Flag and Sunrise design with "Protect It" sentiment to Massachusetts bearing 3¢ rose (65) cancelled by target; minor stains and small reduction at right, Very Fine and rare patriotic use from Colorado Territory, ex-Persson.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Fort Lyon was named after Nathaniel Lyon, the first Union General killed in the Civil War. It was located on the north bank of the Arkansas River just west of Bent's New Fort. The Post Office was establish at the fort in 1862, later in 1866 the river began to shift toward the fort and a new site was selected twenty miles upstream and occupied as Fort Lyon in June of 1867.