|Scope & Content||
A "Via Air Mail" envelope issued by the U. S. Post Office Department in honor of W. H. Wellington. "Dad" Wellington began carrying the mail between the post office in Edwards, Colorado, and the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad station in Edwards on May 13, 1895. He was scheduled for 14 trips per week at a distance of 2,264 feet per trip, using his buckboard pulled by "Faithful Jack." Wellington claimed it was the only mule mail route in the United States.
The picture on the envelope is 1981.001.022 , showing Wellington, his grandson, John Wellington, and Jack, the mule.
|Dates of Creation||1939|
|Dates of Accumulation||The envelope is rubber cemented to p. 105 of the History of Eagle County (1940).|
|Title||Air Mail envelope honoring W. H. Wellington|
|Collection||Eagle County Historical Society, Eagle Public Library|
Wellington, W. H. (Dad)
Denver and Rio Grande Railroad
Postal service employees
|Lexicon category||6: T&E For Communication|
|Lexicon sub-category||Written Communication T&E|