Details For Cover ID# 29200

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Cover Type: USA domestic stampless
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:Oct 7, 21
Edited on:Oct 8, 21
Postmark: Jan 2, 1858
Origin: Camptonville, California, UNITED STATES
Destination: Burnham, Maine, UNITED STATES

"Farley's Express, Camptonville" 44 x 30mm blue ornately framed handstamp (Thomas FAR-100), "Camptonville Cal. Jan. 2" (1858) circular datestamp, matching "Paid" and "10" in circle handstamps, on cover to Eben Berry, Burnham, Maine. Docketing indicated sent by George E. Berry.

A  rare use of the Farley's Express marking from Camptonville. The Thomas book records only five examples. This cover is not listed in Thomas, but is from same correspondence as two other covers.

According to Nathan, Farley's Express was a small one-man operation serving mining camps in the Howland Flat area. Farley would bring outgoing mail to the Camptonville post office. Nathan reports Farley quitting in 1857; the Thomas book reports he then turned to his training as a doctor. The sender, George E. Berry, was treasurer of the Berry Gold, Silver and Quartz Mining Co. with offices at La Porte Ridge and Gibsonville Ridge.

Gold was discovered in the area around Camptonville, Yuba County in 1850, and the place was first known as Gold Ridge. The name was changed to Camptonville in 1854 when the first post office opened. The town's name honors Robert Campton, the town's blacksmith. It was a significant community in the California Gold Rush era and a stopping point for travelers and freight haulers along Henness Pass Road, a major route over the Sierra Nevada via Henness Pass in the 1850s and 1860s. At its peak the town had over fifty saloons, several brothels and even a bowling alley. But when the gold mines gave out by the early 1860s the town lost most of its residents, and a visitor in 1863 reported that the town was "dilapidated".  The town is 36 miles northeast of Marysville, located on a ridge between the North Fork and Middle Fork of the Yuba River, at an elevation of 2,825 feet.

Owner's ID: 2533
Certificate? No
For Sale? No
Stampless? Yes