MAIL ROUTES: Through the Verde Valley, Arizona Territory; June 1864 to June 1875

"MAIL ROUTES. --- Under date of June 27th, Chief Justice Turner writes from Washington to the Secretary: "The post route bill has passed both houses of Congress, establishing post routes from the Pimo Villages to the capital of Arizona, and from La Paz to the capital [Prescott]. There is also a route established from Fort Mohave, via Fort Whipple to Albuquerque. The Hon. Mr. Perea goes with me to the postmaster general to-morrow to urge him to put service on immediately." (Arizona Miner, Fort Whipple; August 10, 1864; page 3.)

"The contract for the semi-weekly express from Ft. Whipple to Ft. Wingate, to take the place of that to Tucson, was awarded to Robertson & Parrish, of the La Paz express. Mr. Parrish, Mr. Pennington and Mr. Lennan, started for the first trip on the 17th. They went by the Chavez cut-off hoping to make Wingate (280 miles) in seven days. From Wingate our letters will go to Santa Fe in two days --- and if they connect there with the mail we may hope they reach New York in 26 days, or 30 at the longest." (Arizona Miner; Fort Whipple; August 24, 1864; page 3.)

"MAIL AT LAST. ... The Santa Fe papers contain the official advertisement for a contract to carry a weekly mail from Albuquerque to Prescott, by the 35th parallel, the Whipple route. ...It doubtless is the intention to have the mail carried from Leroux's fork of the Little Colorado, or thereabouts, by the Chavez cut off, via Woolsey's Ranch, to Prescott." (Arizona Miner; Fort Whipple; November 23, 1864; page 2.)

The Settlement and Camp Lincoln were established in the Verde Valley in 1865. "In 1865 weekly mail service was established from Albuquerque to Prescott, but after a few months of wretched mismanagement by the penurious and inexperienced contractors, it was withdrawn, and from that time the route has not been let. Numerous appeals have been made by the Legislature, and by the Governor, for the re-establishment of service. ... The Governor recently made a fresh application: ... "Service was ... taken off through the representation of the contractors, or sub-contractors, that the route was impracticable, because of Indians and of snow. Nothing could be more grossly false. ... It is one of the easiest routes across the continent. ... Leaving the Little Colorado near Leroux's fork, and crossing the Verde (or San Francisco) directly East of Prescott, the road is through a low and comparatively open region in which snow never falls, and is never an annoyance." (Arizona Miner; Fort Whipple; June 15, 1867; page 2.)

Post Office at Camp Verde was established March 14, 1873; George W. Hance was the Postmaster, followed by William S. Head.

Washington, Feb. 17. --- Bids for transporting mails: "Route from Prescott to Albuquerque, N. M., awarded to Bradshaw." (Arizona Weekly Miner; Prescott; February 20, 1874; page 2.)

ROAD TO SANTA FE. "Mr. Jerry Hayward, of Hayward & Baker's mail line from Prescott to Santa Fe, came in on Monday evening of last week. He has been making some improvements on the road from here to Wingate. The water stations and distances are now as follows: Prescott to Verde, 42 miles; Arnold's ranch, 9; here a trail to Stoneman's Lake cuts off 10 or 12 miles, but the mail route is 18; Pine Spring station, 14; Snow Lake, 8; Jarvis' Pass, 7; Sunset Pass, 16; Hayward's Station, 8; Sunset Crossing, 10; Randallville, 32; Creso Creek, 18; Dead Creek, 18; Baker's Station, 16 --- here 10 miles are cut off by keeping up the creek; Indian town, 15; Indian Dams, 8; Quinna Canyon, 15; Stinking Spring, on the Fort Defiance road, 30; Fort Wingate, 11. Hayward & Baker are putting on more stock and wagons, and in about a week will run a buckboard as far as Stoneman's Lake. They propose, before a great while, to be able to carry passengers all the way to Santa Fe." (Arizona Weekly Miner; Prescott; June 18, 1875; page 2.)

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