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Cover Type: USA domestic with stamp(s)
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:Nov 2, 19
Edited on:Nov 2, 19
 
Postmark: Dec 10, 1883
Origin: Bennettville, California, UNITED STATES
Destination: New Bedford, Massachusetts, UNITED STATES
 
Description:

2c vermilion (178) tied by target cancel, with "Bennettville, Mono County, Cal. Tioga Mining District. Dec 10, 1883" 34mm double-rimmed circular datestamp on cover to New Bedford, Mass.  Corner card of "Great Sierra Con. Silver Co., Bennettville, Mono County, Cal."  New Bedford backstamp. 1883 docketing indicating that it was sent by T.J. McClelland.

Bennettville, originally called Bennett City and Tioga, is a former settlement and now ghost town in Mono County, California. It was located on Mine Creek, 4 miles east-southeast of Mount Conness. Mining began at the place in 1860. The first mine was renamed Tioga, when the Great Sierra Consolidated Silver Company bought it. By 1878, there were many mines in the Tioga Mining District. The Tioga post office operated from 1880 to 1881. The Bennettville post office operated from 1882 to 1884, during the town's period of growth. The town's name honored Thomas Bennett, the mining company's president. The mining company transported much equipment to the site and spent $300,000 developing the town, but no gold of consequence was produced. Bennettville was abandoned by 1890.

Owner's ID: 2213
 
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[SNS 47] SNS# 47 [1875 2¢ Vermillion - USA Stamps 1870-1880 Issues]