Postal Incident - USA Stagecoach disaster

Ref: K3851
  • £1150.00

1896 U.S.A. STAGECOACH DISASTER. On November 16 1896, due to a landslide that blocked the road 6 miles north of Laytonville, Mendocino County, Ca. the stage driver was forced to cross Ten Mile Creek twice to avoid the blockage. The first crossing was made safely, but on the second, while attempting to regain the proper side of the river, the stagecoach overturned. The creek was in flood and the strong current swept the coach away, killing both the driver and two horses. An explanatory label was affixed to the recovered mail which was found four days later. A very scarce incident, only four covers having been recorded.