Telegram commemorating the centennial of Butterfield’s overland mail
U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent this Western Union telegram to Vernon H. Brown on August 8, 1958. Eisenhower congratulates Brown on the celebration of the centennial of John Butterfield’s overland mail service. Butterfield service actually began on September 15, 1858. It was the first mail service to connect the U.S. east and west coasts. Brown was the national coordinator of the Butterfield overland mail centennial.
The telegram reads, “It is a pleasure to join in the observance of the one hundredth anniversary of the overland mail service the first transcontinental mail service established by the Post Office Department. This was a significant event in the development of the nation. The inauguration of mail service to the Pacific Coast played an important part in the growth of the western areas of our country and served, as communications always do, to bind the people of our land closer together.”