Lot 431"Bents Ft., C.T., April 30", circa 1865 manuscript postmark with matching manuscript strokes on 3¢ rose (65), s.e. at left, applied over Official Business imprint on "Paymaster Office, Denver, C.T." corner card cover with "Denver C.T." crossed out, addressed to Denver C.T.; cover reduced at right, otherwise Very Fine, Illustrated in Jarrett's Colorado book, ex-Bauer.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
A RARE MANUSCRIPT POSTMARK FROM BENTS FORT WITH ONLY A FEW KNOWN.
The first gold seekers to reach the junction of Cherry Creek and the South Platte River came by the Santa Fe Trail to Bent's Fort, up the Arkansas River Valley, then north over the divide to Cherry Creek. Although the trading post of Bent's Fort was established in 1834, it was nearly thirty years before it obtained official postal service.