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M-535 Oregon Stage Company Waybill and Receipt

ABSTRACT: Waybill and receipt for the Oregon Stage Company, 1866.

SCOPE: This collection includes a receipt for the delivery of baled timothy hay, delivered at Yreka, California, in the amount of $345.53. It also includes a waybill for the California and Oregon United States Mail Line from Marysville to Yreka. Both items feature the Oregon Stage Company headline and are dated 1866.

EXTENT: One folder.

HISTORY: The Oregon Stage Company was the successor to the California Stage Company, an operation that had previously controlled stagecoach travel between California and Oregon. In 1866, wealthy merchant and eventual senator Henry W. Corbett assumed control of the company. The California and Oregon Stage Line was officially renamed the Oregon Stage Company, and it maintained a monopoly on travel between the two states until a connecting railroad was introduced in 1887.

Source: Winther, Oscar Osburn. The Old Oregon Country : A History of Frontier Trade, Transportation, and Travel. Stanford University Press, 1950.

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Preferred Citation note: The preferred citation for this collection is “From the Special Collections of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri – St. Louis."