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ALASKA continued...
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
941 c   STEAMER HUMBOLDT clear blue-green straightline handstamp and matching Ship letter, Due 2 cents. altered to 4 cents on cover endorsed Ships letter sent collect to Glyndon,
Minnesota, entered the mails with Ounalaska, AlaskaOct 16, 1897 dSTEAMER "HUMBOLDT" clear blue-green straightline handstamp and matching "Ship letter, Due 2 cents." altered to "4" cents on cover endorsed "Ship's letter" sent collect to Glyndon, Minnesota, entered the mails with Ounalaska, Alaska/Oct 16, 1897 datestamp, "Seattle, Wash/Oct 24, 97" transit postmark and Glyndon arrival backstamp, very fine; one of only two recorded examples of this Humboldt Steamship Company marking. (Image) Est. $750-1,000

SOLD for $1,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
942 c   Sitka, AlaskaAug 8, 1889, clear datestamp on cover to Portland, Maine with 2c Green (213) tied by target cancel, Portland, Oregon transit and Portland, Maine receiving
backstamps, very fine.Sitka, Alaska/Aug 8, 1889, clear datestamp on cover to Portland, Maine with 2c Green (#213) tied by target cancel, Portland, Oregon transit and Portland, Maine receiving backstamps, very fine. (Image) Est. $400-500

SOLD for $150.00
Will close during Public Auction
943 c   Udakta, AlaskaAug 21, 1901, clear datestamp on cover to Allegan, Michigan with 2c Red from a booklet pane (279Bj) tied by target, Treasury Department penalty imprint and
endorsed as having been carried by the U.S.S. Wyoming, San FranciscoUdakta, Alaska/Aug 21, 1901, clear datestamp on cover to Allegan, Michigan with 2c Red from a booklet pane (#279Bj) tied by target, "Treasury Department" penalty imprint and endorsed as having been carried by the U.S.S. Wyoming, San Francisco transit and Allegan arrival backstamps, very fine.Udakta is located at Dutch harbor on the Island of Unalaska in the Aleutian Islands. The post office was established 24 April, 1899 and discontinued in 1910. (Image) Est. $400-500

SOLD for $200.00
Will close during Public Auction
944 c   American Yukon Nav CompanyJun 14 1915Steamer Yukon, large violet boxed handstamp on 2c Carmine on amber entire (U412) to Yellowstone Park, Wyoming from Stephens Indian village,
which is located about 50 miles up river from Rampart, Alaska, verAmerican Yukon Nav Company/Jun 14 1915/Steamer Yukon, large violet boxed handstamp on 2c Carmine on amber entire (#U412) to Yellowstone Park, Wyoming from Stephens Indian village, which is located about 50 miles up river from Rampart, Alaska, very fine; accompanied by real photo picture post card of the steamer.Letter written by an Episcopal missionary to the Indians from Stephens Village on the Yukon river: "Stephens Village June 13, 1915." It is addressed to the "Hon J. W. Meldrum, Yellowstone Park Wyoming" "Our chances to get letters out come so seldom and unexpectedly that I had to keep some in cold storage weeks before I could send them out and now, the boats go by so many times on the other side that I cannot tell when they will go. But - now at 11;30 P.M. I hear the whistle screeme miles below and as the boat has freight for us I am reasonably sure that you will get this. Perhaps by the "Fourth" - I am very rushed just now. My cabin is at last started and I hope to be in it before the winter closes down upon us again..I suppose you know we have no darkness now. The sun set a few minutes ago and by the time I seal this and get it down to the store it will be coming up again..I must stop now for I think I hear the chug of the boat."The river boat steamer Yukon was built for the White Pass & Yukon R.R. Company in 1913. It was a large stern-wheeler of 1067 tons and was operated by the American Yukon Navigation Co. for the W.P. & Y.R.R. She was a sister boat to the Alaska which was built at the sale time. The Yukon was sold to the Alaska Railroad Co. in 1942 and ended her days when she was crushed in the ice break-up in 1947. (Image) Est. $500-750

SOLD for $550.00
Will close during Public Auction
945 c   Alaska balance of 25 covers and cards, including many picture post cards, the vast majority being 20th century, mostly mounted and written up on album pages, includes a magenta double oval "Alaska Commercial Co./St. Michael Alaska Ty./Apr 16 1895" handstamp on somewhat faulty ship cover, 1905 Rampart on registered cover, 1900 Nome on Special Delivery cover, 1909 Fort Liscum on a picture post card, 1906 Treadwell, 1900 Eagle, three steamboat picture post cards and more, a few faults but largely fine-very fine. Est. $1,000-1,500

SOLD for $1,100.00
Will close during Public Auction
ARIZONA
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
946 c   [Arizona - Gold and Silver Mines], Dr. G.M. Willings discoveries of Gold and Silver Mines in the new territory of Arizona, six page letter detailing numerous finds in ravines in the San Juan mountains on the first three pages and then a three page mining proposal from Mr. Willing, a Professor of Geology and Mining, on the logistics and techniques for extracting the ore, including a lengthy hydraulic mining proposal, accompanied by legal sized cover to the editor of the United States Rail Road and Mining Register at Philadelphia franked by four 3c Rose (#65, one faults) tied by "Washington, D.C./Sep 4, 1863" datestamps, cover opening tears, very fine and interesting mining letter. Est. $400-500

SOLD for $950.00
Will close during Public Auction
947 c   Prescott, Arizona Territory, well struck May 26 (1867) straightline postmark on 3c Pink entire (U34) to Cincinnati, Ohio, cover with tiny repair of top right corner well away
from the indicia, very fine and choice strike one of only ten reportePrescott, Arizona Territory, well struck May 26 (1867) straightline postmark on 3c Pink entire (#U34) to Cincinnati, Ohio, cover with tiny repair of top right corner well away from the indicia, very fine and choice strike; one of only ten reported examples.With original letter datelined "Fort Whipple, May 26/67". Because of its proximity Prescott served as the post office for the fort. Whipple was established in January of 1864 as Camp Clark, then Camp Whipple and finally Fort Whipple in 1870. The garrison was withdrawn 25 February, 1913 and is now a Veterans Hospital. (Image) Est. $500-750

SOLD for $1,400.00
Will close during Public Auction
948 c   [Tubac, Arizona Territory], manuscript Via Santa Fe endorsement on yellow cover with manuscript Tubac A TDec 9 Arizona Territory postmark and 3c Rose (65, small faults)
cancelled by manuscript X, carried up the Santa Fe Trail on its way t[Tubac, Arizona Territory], manuscript "Via Santa Fe" endorsement on yellow cover with manuscript "Tubac A T/Dec 9" Arizona Territory postmark and 3c Rose (#65, small faults) cancelled by manuscript "X", carried up the Santa Fe Trail on its way to Lima, N.Y., very fine.The Tubac Post Office was established on February 21, 1859, while in Dona Ana County, New Mexico Territory. It became part of the Arizona Territory on February 24, 1863. Tubac was an Indian village and was first garrisoned by the Spanish in 1752. The flags of four nations - Spain -Mexico - Confederate States and the United States have flown over Tubac. (Image) Est. $750-1,000

SOLD for $1,900.00
Will close during Public Auction
949 c   Arizona town cancels, 27 territorial period covers from the late 1860's to 1908 with a range of better small town cancels, mostly from forts and largely from the Bank Note era, including 1886 Fort Defiance, 1869 and 1880 Apache Pass, 1880, 1884, 1888 and 1908 Fort Apache, 1881, 1882, 1883 and 1892 Fort Bowie, 1902 Skull Valley, 1894 violet straightline Walnut Grove, 1879(2), 1880 and 1881 Camp Thomas, 1887 Fort Thomas, 1879 Camp Grant (2), 1880 Fort Grant, 1882 Camp Verde and more, some stamp or cover faults, mostly fine-very fine covers and strikes. Est. $1,500-2,000

SOLD for $5,750.00
Will close during Public Auction
ARKANSAS
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
950 c   Little Rock, Ark., Jul. 28, 1831, incredibly well struck and highly detailed fancy shield in semi-circle territorial period postmark and manuscript Paid 50 on folded letter
with integral address leaf to Columbia, Tennessee, extremely fine oneLittle Rock, Ark., Jul. 28, 1831, incredibly well struck and highly detailed fancy shield in semi-circle territorial period postmark and manuscript "Paid 50" on folded letter with integral address leaf to Columbia, Tennessee, extremely fine; one of the finest known strikes of the popular early fancy postmark. (Image) Est. $2,000-3,000

SOLD for $6,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
COLORADO
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
951 c   Mouth of Cherry Creek, with Gold Sample, from present day Denver, Colorado while Kansas Territory, H.P.A. Smith sends James Denver a sample of gold from Cherry Creek in 1858,
letter with gold nugget affixed stating in part: ...a small specimenMouth of Cherry Creek, with Gold Sample, from present day Denver, Colorado while Kansas Territory, H.P.A. Smith sends James Denver a sample of gold from Cherry Creek in 1858, letter with gold nugget affixed stating in part: "...a small specimen of the Dust here that is presented to you by John S. Smith of this place - Mr. Smith has lived here among the Cheyenne and Arrapahos for 30 years and has great influence with them..." The letter was transmitted in blue legal sized cover with "Executive Department, K.T./Official Business" imprint addressed to "Honl. James W. Denver, Commissioner Indian Affairs, Washington, D.C.", along with Governor Walsh's letter written under the dateline "LeCompton (Kansas Territory) December 29 1958 to General Denver relating to the transfer of the governorship from Walsh to Sam Medary. Also transmitted in the envelope is another three page letter from Smith to Denver under the dateline: Mouth of Cherry Creek, Nov 18th 1858 in which he writes: "Gov DenverDear Sir, Our party arrived here day before yesterday .. It is by far the longest and worst route we could have come and I would never advise any one to try the route by Bents Fort. The settlers before we arrived had elected a Representative and Delegate to Congress and at the upper city there is some talk of not recognizing the Officers appointed by you but I think that with caution and prudence all trouble will be avoided. The trouble will arise if any from the Lawrence crowd here. I wrote from Bents Fort requesting your assistance in having a treaty made at once with the Arrapahoes and Cheyennes and the settling of the question of Indian titles. That Gold exists in sufficient quantities to pay.... and that the emigration will be great is now beyond a doubt. The position of the Indians is now semi hostile and unless something is done this winter I fear that we shall have trouble... There is now at least 500 people on the Platte - perhaps more. No work doing for it is too cold to prospect and very few claims are opened. But all unite in saying that the Gold is here beyond a doubt and I shall try & send you a specimen of it. Old John S. Smith the mountaineer is here settled and says that prospects are as good as they are here for one hundred miles north…. The people and the country are rough but the class of emigrants is much better than it was in California and very little drinking and no gambling perhaps for want of money but I think not. Please remember us about the Indian treaty. It is needed very much indeed. The bearer of this - Mr Parkinson (William) of St. Louis will give you much information about matters.... Please forward any letters I may have under envelope to tort Laramie - to care of Express Messenger to Cherry Creek.... H.P.A. Smith."H.P.A. Smith was one of three officers sent out by James W. Denver, Governor of the Kansas Territory, Smith was a member of the "Leavenworth party" which arrived at the mouth of Cherry Creek on November 16, 1858, two days before the letter was written and four days before the Denver City Company adopted its Constitution on Nov. 22nd.The "Lawrence crowd", mentioned above, had come out from Kansas and organized the St. Charles Town Company on September 25, 1858. On the arrival of the Leavenworth party in November they organized the Denver City Town Company and jumped, the St. Charles claim. Previous to this the Auraria Town Company had staked out their claim on the opposite bank of Cherry Creek on November lst. On April 3, 1860 Auraria became part of what is today the city of Denver - named after General James W. Denver. (Image) Est. $750-1,000

SOLD for $10,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
952 c   Auraria, Kansas Territory (Colorado), bold June 15 manuscript K.T. Kansas Territory period postmark on 3c Red on buff entire (U10) to Pacific City, Iowa, very fine the earliest
recorded postmark of Auraria and one of three known examplesAuraria, Kansas Territory (Colorado), bold "June 15" manuscript "K.T." Kansas Territory period postmark on 3c Red on buff entire (#U10) to Pacific City, Iowa, very fine; the earliest recorded postmark of Auraria and one of three known examples of the earliest mail out of Auraria.The Auraria Colorado Post Office was established 18 January, 1859 while in the Kansas Territory. Its first postmaster was Henry Allen who was an officer of the Auraria Town Company. Although the Post Office Department established the Post Office they did not establish a mail route. Mail was carried by Jones & Russell Express as regular mail thinking they would be paid by the Post Office under a different contract. Auraria became part of Denver City on 11 February, 1860. (Image) Est. $5,000-7,500

SOLD for $13,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
953 c   Auraria, Kansas Territory, well struck AUG 23, 1859 rare two-line postmark of this Colorado town, present day Denver, while in the Kansas Territory tying 3c Dull red (26) to
cover to Dekalb Center, Illinois with incomplete six page letter, covAuraria, Kansas Territory, well struck "AUG 23, 1859" rare two-line postmark of this Colorado town, present day Denver, while in the Kansas Territory tying 3c Dull red (#26) to cover to Dekalb Center, Illinois with incomplete six page letter, cover with right flap missing and some soiling, very fine strike. (Image) Est. $4,000-5,000

SOLD for $6,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
954 c   Bent Canyon, Colorado, March 22, 1881 manuscript postmark tying 3c Green (184) to cover to Eureka, Illinois, West Las Animas, Col.Mar 23 transit and Eureka arrival backstamps,
slightly reduced at left, very fine Bent Canyon in Las Animas CouBent Canyon, Colorado, March 22, 1881 manuscript postmark tying 3c Green (#184) to cover to Eureka, Illinois, "West Las Animas, Col./Mar 23" transit and Eureka arrival backstamps, slightly reduced at left, very fine; Bent Canyon in Las Animas County was located on the Purgatorie River about 25 miles south of La Junta and was washed out by the river many years ago.A detailed letter on the problems of running cattle on the open range in southeastern Colorado during the winter of 1880-81 and the purchase of large herds by the Duke of Argyle of Scotland. "Plum Canon 20/81....The Holt Bros on Cimmaron (river) have sold their entire herd for $400,000 - sold to the Duke of Argyle of Scotland - Peacock has also sold to the same party for $100,000 - I think though some other small stocks went in with them at this price. … Johnny Nelson got one of his legs frozen during the winter and will have to have it amputated above the knee - this is bad for Johnny..." The writer, Harvey Rawlings, continues on other matters, also the problem of borrowing money without going to the bank. Perhaps selling some of his herd. (Image) Est. $400-500

SOLD for $500.00
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955 c   [Bents Fort, 1865], 3c Pink entire (U34) uprated with misperforated 3c Rose (65), both with manuscript stroke cancels and matching manuscript Bents FortJuly 8, 1865 Colorado
Territorial postmark used to Denver, trivial opening tear at top l[Bent's Fort, 1865], 3c Pink entire (#U34) uprated with misperforated 3c Rose (#65), both with manuscript stroke cancels and matching manuscript "Bents Fort/July 8, 1865" Colorado Territorial postmark used to Denver, trivial opening tear at top left, very fine; the earlier of the two known manuscript postmarks.This was Bent's Old Fort built by Charles and William Bent and Ceran St. Vrain about 1833. It was located on the mountain branch of the Santa Fe Trail, on the Arkansas River, near present day La Junta, Colo. It was one of the greatest fur trading posts of the west. After Wm. Bent abandoned the post about 1849 it fell into disrepair until Barlow and Sanderson as a stage station in 1861 occupied it. It was the division point for the Kansas City - Denver - Santa Fe-mail lines. A Post Office was established at the fort on June 4,1863 with Lewis Barnum as the first postmaster. It was discontinued December 2, 1873. (Image) Est. $750-1,000

SOLD for $2,000.00
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956 c   Boulder, Colorado Territory, oily red Au. 19 territorial period datestamp on cover with Rocky Mountain News illustrated corner card to Oquawka, Illinois with 3c Dull red (26)
tied by matching target cancel, very fine one of only two recordeBoulder, Colorado Territory, oily red "Au. 19" territorial period datestamp on cover with Rocky Mountain News illustrated corner card to Oquawka, Illinois with 3c Dull red (#26) tied by matching target cancel, very fine; one of only two recorded covers with this corner card and 3c 1857 issue stamp; illustrated in Jarrett.The Rocky Mountain News was established by W.N. Byers in 1859 when he brought the first printing press to Denver and survived until 2009. (Image) Est. $3,000-4,000

SOLD for $5,500.00
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957 c   (Denver, Kansas Territory), South Platte near the Rocky Mountains Oct 28th 1858 dateline, present day Denver area, on four page letter of E.P. Pinkie Stout enclosed in buff
cover to Cherry Fork, Ohio, carried by private express to the Calif(Denver, Kansas Territory), "South Platte near the Rocky Mountains Oct 28th 1858" dateline, present day Denver area, on four page letter of E.P. "Pinkie" Stout enclosed in buff cover to Cherry Fork, Ohio, carried by private express to the California Trail, and entered the mails with 3c Dull red (#26) tied by "Pacific City, Ia/Dec 4" datestamp, tear at left, otherwise very fine.Pinkie writes his future wife: "Again I have the pleasure of meeting with an opportunity of sending you a few lines. An officer of the army at Ft. Kearney, who came out with us returns tomorrow and will take our letters there & mail them from which place the mail runs once a week to the states. We reached our place of destiny yesterday, and our little party of nine met with a very favorable reception. … two old mountaineers who have lived in the mountains for 27 years & traded with the Indians (William McGaa, aka "Jack Jones" and John Smith) After we had camped near them they came over and invited us all to come over the their lodges (of the Indian stile) and eat a rib with them we readily assented …. There one of his squaw wives (Wenona) was called and after a little conversion between them in Indian She withdrew & appeared with a large tin vessel containing, a warm whiskey toddy sugared & spiced to the highest flavor. Of course we all partook, some more & some less (suffice it to say I didn't get drunk) … we were then asked if we would be helped to some of the dog to which as a matter of courtesy we all consented. Our friend then helped our plates stating that it was a young dog & noble fellow but that he had met with no parties for whom he had so much respect as he had for us and this animal he had prepared for our reception feast. And Mag much to my astonishment it made a fine dish. Our plates were also served with Antelope & Buffalo but the Dog was really the of the 3 dishes (enough of this). We are located on the South Platte near the point (8 miles) from where the scream comes through the Mountains...Tomorrow I start out on a prospecting tour will be gone 4 or 5 days will follow up cherry creek into the mts...I will send you a specimen of the gold found here it is said to be the virgin gold & worth $20 pr ounce, the coarse gold or quartz rock has not yet been discovered...Our man cries out for letter & am forced to close. Mag write often and direct your letters 1/2 to Ft. Kearny and 1/2 to Ft. Laramie Nebraska Ter in order that I may get some of them..." (imagea) (Image) Est. $4,000-5,000

SOLD for $6,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
958 c   Denver City, Colorado Territory, mostly clear Dec 17 territorial period datestamp tying 3c Rose (65) to commercial waving flag patriotic cover published by the Colorado
Republican newspaper to Mauston, Wisconsin with original enclosure, very fDenver City, Colorado Territory, mostly clear "Dec 17" territorial period datestamp tying 3c Rose (#65) to commercial waving flag patriotic cover published by the Colorado Republican newspaper to Mauston, Wisconsin with original enclosure, very fine.The following has been extracted from the enclosed letter datelined Nov. 30th, 1861: "There has been no fighting in this Territory with the exception of a company of Secish (Confederates) who were on their way to the States to join Secession forces - they came across a government supply train and undertook to capture it, (but) the train was well guarded...and they were captured...The editors of the two papers have for a long time been eating one another through their papers...the News getting the worst of the game." (Image) Est. $400-500

SOLD for $950.00
Will close during Public Auction
959 c   Fort Garland, Colorado Territory, two 1862 manuscript Territorial period postmarks, first dated Oct 362 on 3c Pink entire (U34) to Newport, Vermont, the other dated Oct 1062 on
stampless cover to New Middleton, Illinois with manuscript PaFort Garland, Colorado Territory, two 1862 manuscript Territorial period postmarks, first dated "Oct 3/62" on 3c Pink entire (#U34) to Newport, Vermont, the other dated "Oct 10/62" on stampless cover to New Middleton, Illinois with manuscript "Paid 3", former with some staining, fine-very fine.Fort Garland was established on 24 June 1858 in the San Luis Valley, near the mouth of the Sangre de Cristo Pass. It was abandoned by the military 30 November 1883. The post office was established 25 February, 1862. (imagea) (Image) Est. $400-500

SOLD for $550.00
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960 c   [Fort Lyon on the Santa Fe Trail, 1863], cover with well struck Fort Lyon C.T.Apr 3, 1862 Colorado Territory datestamp with 3c Rose (65) cancelled by target to New Middleton,
Illinois, slightly reduced at left, very fine the earliest recor[Fort Lyon on the Santa Fe Trail, 1863], cover with well struck "Fort Lyon C.T./Apr 3, 1862" Colorado Territory datestamp with 3c Rose (#65) cancelled by target to New Middleton, Illinois, slightly reduced at left, very fine; the earliest recorded example of this style postmark.Fort Lyon (No.1) was abandoned on June 9,1867 because of river floods. It relocated, by the present Fort Lyon (No.2) about half way between Ft. Lyon No.1 and La Junta near the present town of Las Animas. The Post Office was discontinued Dec. 26, 1889. (Image) Est. $300-400

SOLD for $475.00
Will close during Public Auction

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