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Lore Trial #7

These days, there are many ways to communicate with each other. Most of them are instantaneous. It’s hard to believe that it was only 150 years ago when American routes were first established to facilitate communication with the West. There was one “rest stop” along the oldest east-west route that has a very colorful history. By looking at where each of the items below intersects, you’ll be equipped to tell future Ravelos, Souzas, Garcias, Freemonts, and Williams about this place. Well, at least the name of it!

(p.s., I heard Taylor spreading rumors about how I don’t like anagrams. I’m actually not that snobby!)

(1) In 1857, the U.S. government commissioned this John to establish an Overland Mail route.

(2) This route took a southern approach around the Rockies in order to avoid winter snow during the 2, 800 mile trip from St. Louis to San Francisco. The establishment of this route probably reinforced St. Louis’ reputation as the “Gateway to the _____”

(3) John pushed his men to complete the long route in 25 days. He’s frequently quoted as saying, “Remember boys, nothing __ ____ _____ must stop the United States Mail!”

(4) Northern Californian’s persistent demands for a northern route around the Rockies were met when this very well-known mail delivery service was established around 1859/1860.

(5) The new service used individual riders to transport correspondence instead of coaches. Because of the limitations of the rider and the horse, and because of the large number of riders required to make the harsh journey, the new service was expensive. It cost $5 to send a ½ ounce letter all the way from St. Louis to this city which was at the end of the line (and happy to finally receive regular correspondence like its southern neighbor, San Francisco).

(6) The southern coach route transported a larger volume of correspondence and even some passengers. It passed through some dangerous Chiricahuan Apache territory, though, in Arizona and this other state.

(7) One of the most dangerous Indians was this Chiricahuan Chokonen Chief who is almost as well known as my grandmother’s lover. His name lives on in modern media – characters have been named after him in a famous John Ford movie as well as that movie about rowdy youth in New York who come out to play in the subways.

(8) The Indian Chief wasn’t always dangerous, though. He was friendly with this Tom who was a competent and decorated U.S. Army scout, Indian agent, and stagecoach driver. Were it not for their friendship, Indian uprising would have been significantly bloodier.

(9) This engagement in 1861 was a classic case of mistaken identity. John Ward wanted to blame somebody for damages to his property – and all Indians must have looked the same to him. All because of Ward’s bigotry and a luteneint’s inexperience, innocent hostages on both sides were killed.

(10) After the infamous Chiricahuan Chokonen Chief died, this son of his succeeded him as Chief, but only for 2 years.




1st family: 8 points
2nd family: 6points
3rd family: 4 points
4th family: 3 points




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