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Sale 101: The Westpex Sale

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United States Postal History

Lot 707    

Auraria K.T., Aug 23, 1859, two-line postmark ties 3¢ dull red (26) on yellow cover to Dekalb Center, Ill., accompanied by original letter with page one missing, Mr. S. N. Earl writes to his wife how life is on the frontier near the Gold Fields "I have been to Golden City there is about one thousand inhabatants, both places have some very good Buildings Denver has rather the best building of the three places althou I think Auraria will make the larger place of the three. We are now on our way to the headwaters of Cherry Creek to look up a location for winter…"; some edge wear and reduced slightly at right, Very Fine, ex-Risvold, Walske.
Estimate    $5,000 - 7,500.


The Auraria post office was established on January 18, 1859 but the first contract mails were not carried until June 18, 1859. The United States Express Company carried the eastbound mail, however, the company failed after a short time discontinuing service on August 26, 1859.

Realized: $4,250

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