This item is an original manuscript register of the California Stage Company. The ledger begins on January 1, 1864 and ends
on August 3, 1868, and is a log of the daily stagecoach run between North San Juan (the line stop where the book was based),
Sacramento, Nevada (CA), and Virginia City (NV).
The California Stage Company was founded by James E. Birch and was one of the principal stagecoach lines carrying passengers
during the California Gold Rush during the 1850s. The company became a Wells Fargo line later in that decade, carrying mail,
money, and passengers, and by the early 1860s was operating a huge network of stage lines out of three main hubs: Sacramento,
Folsom, and Marysville. Though the company had much competition from the rival Pioneer Stage Line, the route represented in
this item was extremely profitable due to the continuous stream of emigrants crossing the Sierra to settle in prosperous California
after the Gold Rush, and due to the discovery of the Comstock Lode (the first silver mine in the U. S.) in Virginia City,
Nevada, one of the stops on this route. The region served by this stagecoach line was largely wealthy and thriving because
of widespread silver mining activity at the time.
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