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Leavenworth-Pikes Peak Express History

Stage line began operating in April 1859 between Leavenworth and the gold fields near Denver. It followed the military road to Fort Riley, then angled Northwest and West to the Republican River near present Benkelman, Nebraska and went up that river until it struck across country once more to reach Denver.

By paying a fair of $125, a person could ride the stage of the Leavenworth-Pikes Peak Express. It had twenty-five stations, located about twenty-five miles apart, with six men and extra livestock at each station.

It was later re-organized and called the Central Overland California and Pikes Peak (COC & PP - Clean Out of Cash and Poor Pay).

The COC & PP was purchased by Ben Holladay in 1862 and renamed the Overland Trail Stage Line.

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