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By Bonnie Martland
Special to Valley News 

California searches for the missing link


Last updated 11/15/2018 at 11:29pm


The overland mail route stamp says 4 cents, but it actually cost the government much more to send mail in the 1850s.

In the East, transportation routes were fairly well established by the 1850s. In California, due to demands posed by the Gold Rush, they were only beginning. The problem lay in the lack of an adequate connection, or link, between the two coasts.

Without it, the country remained a nation of separate sections, unable to effectively share news, ideas or important commercial transactions except by means too slow to suit a nation anxious for continental unity. All freight and mail bound for California went by sea, either around the horn of South America or across the Isthmus of Panama, trips th...

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