One man’s dream

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray

At the close of the War with Mexico in 1848, California was ceded to the United States in an agreement known as the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Almost before the ink was dry a movement was begun to improve communications between east coast and the new Pacific coast acquisition.

In that year an overland mule-train express service was proposed for mail delivery across the western territories.

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