American West

Bill Pickett error stamp picturing his brother Ben
October 18, 1994

Legends of the West Controversy

On October 18, 1994, the USPS issued a corrected Legends of the West stamp sheet after it was discovered they had made an error in their original design. It was one of the biggest stamp stories in years!

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1994 29¢ Legends of the West John Frémont
July 13, 1890

Death of John C. Frémont

Explorer and soldier John C. Frémont died on July 13, 1890, in New York City. Nicknamed “The Pathfinder,” Frémont led several expeditions to the American West, served in the Civil War, and was a promising presidential candidate.

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1948 3¢ California Gold Rush Centennial
January 24, 1848

Start of the California Gold Rush

On January 24, 1848, gold was discovered at Sutter’s Mill, beginning the California Gold Rush. Thousands quickly flocked to the area in hopes of striking gold.

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1994 29¢ Legends of the West: Nellie Cashman
January 4, 1925

Death of Nellie Cashman

Nurse, businesswoman, and philanthropist Nellie Cashman died on January 4, 1925, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.  Spending much of her life running boarding houses near mining camps and caring for sick miners, she became known as the “Miners’ Angel.”

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1994 29¢ Legends of the West: Bill Pickett
December 5, 1870

Birth of Bill Pickett

Cowboy and showman Bill Pickett was born on December 5, 1870. During his life, he was famous for his “bulldogging” act at rodeos. Decades after his death, he became famous once again, as the subject of rare modern stamp error…

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1994 29¢ Legends of the West: Annie Oakley
August 13, 1860

Birth of Annie Oakley

Annie Oakley was born Phoebe Ann Mosey on August 13, 1860, in Darke County, Ohio. She was one of the most talented sharpshooters of her day and solidified the image of the American cowgirl.

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 US #944 pictures the raising of the American flag above the governor’s palace in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in August 1846.
August 18, 1846

Kearny Expedition

On August 18, 1846, Stephen W. Kearny declared himself military governor of the New Mexico Territory.  He had captured Santa Fe without firing a shot, as part of the Kearny Expedition.

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 US #3876 – Wayne was the 10th honoree in the Legends of Hollywood Series.
May 26, 1907

Happy Birthday John Wayne 

John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison in Winterset, Iowa, on May 26, 1907.

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 US #3236l pictures Moran’s Cliffs of Green River, Wyoming.
February 12, 1837

Happy Birthday Thomas Moran

Artist Thomas Moran was born on February 12, 1837, in Bolton, Lancashire, England.

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