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overland mail

noun, U.S. History.
a government mail service, started in 1848, for sending mail from the Mississippi to the Far West.
(initial capital letters) a stagecoach line, established in 1858, linking Memphis, St. Louis, and San Francisco, which was then paid by the government to carry U.S. mail to the Far West. With various changes in ownership, name, and routes it continued until the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I have had a letter from him by the overland mail just in, asking me to do a commission for him.

    Johnny Ludlow, Third Series

    Mrs. Henry Wood
  • An overland mail was started from the busy town as early as 1849.

  • And on the completion of the Union and Central Pacific railways the great period of the overland mail was ended.

    The Last American Frontier

    Frederic L. (Frederic Logan) Paxson
  • We are expecting the overland mail from England every day; it generally manages to come two days after I write home.

    Campaign of the Indus T.W.E. Holdsworth
  • Congress has given us $600,000 a year to keep up the Southern overland mail route.

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas Richard Henry Savage
  • I, p. 46, 47, as bringing to us the first overland mail to California in his saddle bags.

    The Life of Kit Carson Edward S. Ellis
  • As we passed through, we met the overland mail stage, coming at full speed, or at least as fast as mule flesh could move it.

  • Military protection for the emigrant, a telegraph line, and an overland mail were among the ostensible objects.

    Stephen A. Douglas Allen Johnson
  • There never was anything so praiseworthy as the regularity of that overland mail lately, but where are your letters?

    Up the Country Emily Eden
  • The overland mail in 1861 was a little golden thread by which the Pacific and the Atlantic could be united through the great war.

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