first post road was established in 1801.
In 1804 first post opened office in
Mt Clemens deliveries started in 1821.
mail usually arrived on just one day in a week.
For example the Mt Clemens mail arrived by Saturday at . In 1836 it
took 14 days and nights to send a letter to
Telegraph line to
1838 the Pontiac
Detroit RR went out of
There were very few horses for private use until the 1840’s. (Farmer p887)
First public stage
Here is the postage timeline. We know that people got letters before that.
Richard Fairbanks' tavern in
1775- Benjamin Franklin, first Postmaster General under Continental Congress
1789- Samuel Osgood, first Postmaster General under Constitution
1823- Navigable waters designated post roads by Congress
1838- Railroads designated post routes by Congress
postage stamps began in the
1858- Street letter boxes
1860- Pony Express
1862- Railway mail service, experimental
1863- Free city delivery
1864- Railroad post offices
1873- Penny postal card
1896- Rural free delivery, experimental
1930 Mail to house delivery.
When did the US Mail in our area really begin? Did the stages bring mail?