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American Express (1850-present) - When three competing express and stage companies merged in 1850, American Express was formed. Because the organization expanded into new markets, it still exists today.


Barlow & Sanderson Company (1862?-1881?) - Starting out in Missouri during the Civil War, the company moved westward, concentrating on Colorado during its booming mining days.


Butterfield Overland Dispatch (1865-1870) - Initially developed by David A. Butterfield in 1865 on the Smoky Hill Trail, the line ran from Atchison, Kansas to Denver, Colorado.


Butterfield Overland Stage Company (1858-1861) - The brainchild of John W. Butterfield (no relation to David A. Butterfield), the stage company was owned by American Express and held the largest mail contact ever granted by the U.S. Government.



Riverside Stage Station, California

Riverside Stage Station, California, 1866, photo by

Lawrence & Houseworth.

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Central Overland California and Pike's Peak Express (C.O.C. & P.P.) (1860-1861) - A mail, freighting and passenger carrier between St. Joseph, Missouri and Denver, Colorado, it was also the parent company of the Pony Express


Cheyenne & Black Hills Stage Line (1876-1886) - More familiarly called the "Deadwood Stage," the route operated between Cheyenne, Wyoming to Deadwood, South Dakota.


Leavenworth & Pike's Peak Express Company (1859) - Developed by W.H. Russell of the famous transportation firm of Majors, Russell and Waddell wanted to serve the many prospectors flooding the Colorado Gold Rush. The line; however soon failed due to lack of financing and frequent Indian attacks.


Holladay Overland Mail and Express Company (1866) -  Ben Holladay bought out the Overland Mail and Express Company in 1866, but just months later, he sold it again to Wells-Fargo.


Majors, Russell and Waddell (1854-1862) - A freighting and staging firm first based in Lexington, Missouri, it got its start in 1854 to supply military posts in the American West. It would later operate various transportation and communications services, including stagecoach services, private express mail service, and the brief operation of the Pony Express.

Wells, Fargo and Company (1850-present) -
The organization began when prosperous New York businessmen, Henry Wells and William Fargo saw great opportunity in the west after gold was discovered. The pair, who had helped to found American Express in 1850, officially created Wells Fargo & Co. on March 18, 1852 with two primary objectives transportation and banking. The firm survived through diversification and continues to exist today.





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